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The Final Journal – Feedback for the Teacher (Me)
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What were your favorite activities/assignments we did this year why did you like them? What did you learn the most from? Read More>>

Education Reform: Fixing Weak Teachers since 1996 (1-5-16)
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Education reform was conceived as a way to save the system from all the “weak” teachers out there. Okay, you know what? I’ve seen some “weak” teachers in my time. I think most of us would agree, weak teachers have some or all of the following traits: They simply assign and assess instead of teach. Read More >>


The Devolution of Writing
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Writing is a human endeavor. Read More>>

The Girl Who Brought a Book to Testing
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So many students have been turned off to reading by our endless skills and drills to get them ready for state testing, I sometimes fear the post-literate society Ray Bradbury imagined in Fahrenheit 451 will be arriving next week. Read More>>

Little-Known Facts: The Vast Teacher Conspiracy
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The conspiracy-mongers want you to believe in one, monolithic idea of what teachers do, that they are all evil. It is a wildly nonsensical narrative, and yet people are buying it. Read More>>

Why Create?
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Sometime late today or early tomorrow I will post the final Mr. Fitz comic strip online. Read More>>

For the Holidays: A Student Question
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The strip above was inspired by an actual conversation with a student a few years ago – a conversation that has stuck with me. It took me a long time to figure out how to use it in the strip. The conversation with my real student happened after school one day. My student – “Roy” Read More >>


Introduction to Reading
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I wrote in my last blog about how I started my school year. I’d like to write this time about how I begin my classes on reading for the year. I am often afraid that if our goal is to create lifelong readers (and learners) we often go about it all wrong. We bribe them Read More >>


How I Start a School Year
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There are so many ways to start a school year: list rules and procedures and consequences, talk about yourself, give them a worksheet, give a diagnostic test… I guess how you start a school year depends on your model of teaching. The new model of teaching I see being promoted these days it this: List Read More >>


A Few Thoughts About Teachers Expressing Their Thoughts
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I have a lot of posters and a few bumper stickers hanging in my classroom. One of the bumper stickers simply says, “Speak up, even if your voice shakes.” I do speak up, and while you can’t tell because I draw and type my ideas, my figurative voice often shakes – a lot. And yet, Read More >>


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