In Common Core news, Arne Duncan made yet another bone-headed statement, insulting “white suburban moms” everywhere.
Paul Thomas has a must-read follow-up post that examines “the politics of white outrage.”
And if you haven’t watched the powerful anti-CCSS speech from the Tennessee student, I recommend it.
I never really thought about the benefits of pens over pencils in writing workshop, but Elizabeth Moore convinces me that pens are the way to go.
I totally agree with Larry Ferlazzo that there is no such thing as an unmotivated student.
Ellie Herman has another great post profiling high school English teacher Barry Smolin. I love Smolin’s comment about the artistry of teaching, and I tend to agree more than not with his claim that you can’t reduce teaching to a set of techniques that can be taught to someone else. Her second post on Smolin shares what she learned about great teaching from observing his class.
Cathy Day’s post on writing workshop has given me some ideas for finetuning my Comp I workshop next fall.
This post on teaching the web is going to be very helpful when I’m putting together my new Digital Literacy course.
I also want to use this digital storytelling project in that class.
Jabiz Raisdana wonders what would happen if we praise kids for the great job they’ve done rather than pushing them to improve even more.
Inquiry Within reflects on the challenges of learning to let go in the classroom.
I loved this profile of Aaron Becker, author/illustrator of one of my favorite picture books of the year.
Dylan Teut asks if he could do his job as a teacher without books (the answer is no!).
Donalyn Miller has a lovely post about her husband and their reading lives at The Nerdy Book Club.
Reading the Great War seems like a fun reading challenge for 2014.
The learning experience at every conference I attend would be much improved if presenters would attend to this one simple rule.