The True Value of a Book

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Sometimes as teachers we do a poor job of selling the value of reading.

I know I’ve been guilty in the past.

I told students they had to read because there was a test later in the week. I told them they had to read because we were going over that section the next day.  I told them they had to read because the book that was assigned was an important book that they needed to read in order to be a part of the cultural conversation at large.

Yet, until recently I never told students that a book could be worth billions.  Some of the wealthiest and most influential people of our time have been inspired by a book.  Here are three examples. … Read more…

Take Control of Your Professional Development: How Every Teacher Can Find Their Tribe

Teacher Professional Development

The Terrible Logic

Every teacher deserves better than the one-size fits all style of PD that they get spoon fed a handful of times each year.

You know what I’m talking about, the type where a faculty is herded into the auditorium after school and a speaker is chomping at the bit to lecture for an hour. Or, a one-day workshop is planned in which a consultant comes in, hands out some packets, offers ideas and possible solutions, and then gets the heck out of Dodge, never to be seen or heard from again.

I know I’m painting a pretty bleak picture of what PD looks like. It may not be true for you but it is true for a lot of teachers. The numbers bear this out. … Read more…

5 Non-Fiction Articles to Pair with Y.A. Literature (December)

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This is the first in a series  in which I’m collaborating with Heather Wolpert-Gawron. She is a middle school teacher in California, a podcaster and blogger. Heather also was a contributor to The Best Lesson Series: Literature, a compilation of lessons from 15 master teachers.

Heather will share five non-fiction articles to pair with middle-school level literature and I will do the same for the high-school level.

1. Don’t settle refugees in our states, Republican governors tell Obama

Written by: AP and Newsela Staff

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5 Non-Fiction Articles to Pair with High School Literature

non fiction articles to pair with novels

This is the first in a series  in which I’m collaborating with Heather Wolpert-Gawron,  a middle school teacher, blogger, and author from California. Not only was she a contributor to The Best Lesson Series: Literature, Heather also writes for Edutopia and coached of one of the largest middle school Speech & Debate teams in the country.

I’ll post her five articles to pair with middle school literature tomorrow.

 1. Dumb Kids’ Class

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