Donalyn Miller learns how Penny Kittle and Jeff Wilhelm motivate high school students to read and write.


Miller discovers reading rock stars and NCTE.


Just left a pretty interesting session: Engaging the Community Through Photovoice Pioneer Middle School in Michigan has been taking a group of 8th graders to NYC to shoot photographs and write poetry. Last year, they decided to focus on peace as their theme for the school year and their NYC trip. The students read Todd Parr's book, The Peace Book. There was a community service element (8th graders read The Peace Book with elementary school kids). The literacy component was continuing the poetry work that the students had started the previous year. Two teachers, Claire Walton-Swisher and Carmen Johnson, worked ...


In a session on engaging students in online literary responses, there were some interesting discussion points about the use of blogs for fostering literary interpretations (ie, students read To Kill a Mockingbird while writing personal blogs about their social world). During this two-part session, of particular interest was researcher Richard Beach, University of Minnesota, and the use of Nings for adopting online role play. You can find him on the NCTE Ning. Beach used the example of one lesson plan by high school teacher, Elizabeth A. Boeser (mwpwiki.pbworks.com/Elizabeth-a-boeser/; sites.google.com/site/missboeser/), his former advisee. After ...


I just left a panel discussion on censorship and YA literature with Lauren Myracle, Jay Asher, and David Leviathan, authors whose books have been censored for exploring topics like suicide, puberty, and sexual identity. Each author described their experiences with censorship and their impassioned beliefs about intellectual freedom, the rights of readers, and the need for bookstores, classrooms, and libraries to provide access to books. Considering those educators who censor books on order to protect their careers, Leviathan remarked, "What is the point of keeping your job if you are not doing your job?" We read to lose ourselves and ...


Donalyn Miller stalks authors at NCTE.


After a private bus tour on the NCTE shuttle from the hotel to the massive Philly Convention Center (also hosting this weekend's marathon--about his busy-ness today the security guard at the door said, "They're getting their money's worth."), I have finally arrived. The place is packed, teeming with teachers from everywhere... Donalyn will be emerging from Teri Lesesne's session on "YA Books That Spark Readers" (once we have Donalyn online, she'll be reporting on that) momentarily. Things seen at the convention center:: A lot of teachers bent over their 400 page NCTE program, presentations stacked by doorways, presentations still being ...


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Good morning, readers. This is Elizabeth Rich, editor of Education Week Teacher. As Donalyn mentioned, I will be sharing her blog while she and I report to you from NCTE. As I write this, Donalyn is likely securing a front row seat to hear Julie Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, at this morning's general session. (I, alas, am on the train.) Once we get our portable office set up, you will be hearing from both of us on matters large and small. Stay tuned... —Elizabeth Rich...


This week, I am heading off to the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Philadelphia. My colleague from teachermagazine.org, Elizabeth Rich, and I will be live-blogging from the convention. I look forward to seeing keynote speakers like Julie Andrews, visiting presentations by notable literacy leaders like Jim Burke and Kelly Gallagher, and stalking my favorite authors! I will also be signing books at the Wiley/Blackwell booth (#719) on Saturday, November 21st at 3:00 pm. I look forward to meeting many of you at the convention....


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