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The Writer’s Retreat

  Deliciously, when many teachers around the nation are going back to school, this is sweet revenge for those of us who do not return until the last week of […]


I am so doing this. There are badges involved.

Summer Series of Saves: The Cockroach (II)

New Yorker cartoons often remind me of the importance of prior knowledge. — Kelly Gallagher (@KellyGToGo) July 3, 2018 When Kelly Gallagher tweeted about prior knowledge, he hit on […]

New Writing North

#NationalWritingDay @writeday South Shields: I feel most free when….. A fantastic group poem on this year’s theme. — New Writing North Young Writers (@NWNyoungwriters) June 23, 2018 @NWNyoungwriters @NewWritingNorth […]

Storytelling for the digital age

This is a tragic story. It’s the story of how we lose one another, how men hurt women, the women who bear them children and love them. It’s of a […]

poetry month 30 ways to celebrate national poetry month Request a free copy of the National Poetry Month poster until mid-April; posters can be purchased for $5.00 each […]

Favorite Lessons: Box of Destiny

A wonderful question appeared on one of my ELA social media groups the other day, “What was your favorite lesson/unit you created?” and immediately I thought of the (say this […]

Move heaven and earth…

What feeds your soul? If I didn’t know about The Odyssey…or ancient storytelling, what would my relationship with incredible texts be with N.K. Jemison, Junot Diaz, Adrianne Huron, Neil Gaiman, Naomi Alderman, […]

Changing the formula.

Scaffolds and formulaic writing carry an enormous responsibility: the responsibility to go away. Be gone! BANISHED! They must serve their purpose, and then skedaddle. But how do we teachers help students […]

First they came for…

I credit my dear friend Sharon Clarke for reminding me of this lesson we learned at a PSWP Social Studies course  Here is the lesson in brief detail: Have students […]

Finding the path back…

I’ve been writing this blog for over ten years. On the edublogs site, there are over 700 published posts and almost 200 drafts. It was easy to move content to […]

Write. The Writing Prompt Students, please respond to the writing prompt below with an up-to-700-word letter: Think about what matters most to you about our country’s future. Write a letter […]

Moving Day

Moving my .edublogs blog to this fancy WordPress one will not be easy, but it will be mine to do more with what I wish. Edublogs is a phenomenal resource, and […]

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