Kony 2012: A Teachable Moment

Kony 2012, the viral video campaign by Invisible Children to capture and try the Central African military despot Joseph Kony for war crimes. Here’s the video, which has, as designed, exploded in popularity, especially among youth: The campaign has also

Kony 2012: A Teachable Moment

Kony 2012, the viral video campaign by Invisible Children to capture and try the Central African military despot Joseph Kony for war crimes. Here’s the video, which has, as designed, exploded in popularity, especially among youth: The campaign has also

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To Kill a Mockingbird Film Analysis

This isn’t something I’ve actually got a chance to implement yet, but I’ve always wanted to assign video essays as a media of film analysis. I’ve assigned traditional all-prose film analysis essays and powerpoint presentations with screenshots from a film,

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To Kill a Mockingbird Film Analysis

This isn’t something I’ve actually got a chance to implement yet, but I’ve always wanted to assign video essays as a media of film analysis. I’ve assigned traditional all-prose film analysis essays and powerpoint presentations with screenshots from a film,

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A Prayer for September 11

It’s always difficult, both personally and pedagogically, to teach a lesson on a national day of mourning that is still so emotionally and politically immediate. You have to balance sensitivity with passion, educational relevance with memorial gravity. You take a

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A Prayer for September 11

It’s always difficult, both personally and pedagogically, to teach a lesson on a national day of mourning that is still so emotionally and politically immediate. You have to balance sensitivity with passion, educational relevance with memorial gravity. You take a

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Parent Updates

One of the more recent developments in my teaching praxis is a more aggressive stance to keeping parents informed. I send weekly reports summarizing what has happened in the class and suggesting ways parents might get involved. I’ve also started

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Parent Updates

One of the more recent developments in my teaching praxis is a more aggressive stance to keeping parents informed. I send weekly reports summarizing what has happened in the class and suggesting ways parents might get involved. I’ve also started

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The Expository Essay

Of course, one of the biggest components of the class every year is improving expository writing. Yes, I teach the five-paragraph standard, not because it’s the only way to write an essay, but because it’s expected knowledge in the Upper

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The Expository Essay

Of course, one of the biggest components of the class every year is improving expository writing. Yes, I teach the five-paragraph standard, not because it’s the only way to write an essay, but because it’s expected knowledge in the Upper

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Adjusting to Place: 7th Grade Essential Questions

One thing I pushed for is more cohesiveness in the literature curriculum. I thought each grade ought to have a theme that unifies it, along with a set of essential questions that can be returned to again and again at

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Adjusting to Place: 7th Grade Essential Questions

One thing I pushed for is more cohesiveness in the literature curriculum. I thought each grade ought to have a theme that unifies it, along with a set of essential questions that can be returned to again and again at

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Grammar as Rhetoric

One of the things I consistently tweak year-to-year is grammar instruction. I’ve tried a variety of textbooks and approaches, from traditional to progressive, from diagramming sentences to sentence combining. Lately I’ve come to stress basic sentence patterns and options in

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Grammar as Rhetoric

One of the things I consistently tweak year-to-year is grammar instruction. I’ve tried a variety of textbooks and approaches, from traditional to progressive, from diagramming sentences to sentence combining. Lately I’ve come to stress basic sentence patterns and options in