Live from the National Council of Teachers of English, Annual Convention, Orlando A quick hit post...(Gary Paulsen and the Ed. Dept. are coming) Just stopped by for the last few minutes of "Modeling and Mentoring Literate Lives: Trusting the Reading Workshop" with Franki Sibberson, Aimee Buckner, and our own Donalyn Miller. Here are some really cool resources offered by Ohio teacher Franki Sibberson, whose presentation is the only one of the three that I heard. She's working with the idea that kids need to "write" the media they are "reading." On a side note, Franki offered that she gets ...


Live from the National Council of Teachers of English, Annual Convention, Orlando Greetings and apologies for the lack of posting from the convention world of Disney where things are not always "magical." I've had a lot of technical issues which have made live blogging virtually impossible. This afternoon I attended a session called "Designing and Assessing Student Learning With Social Media." It was kind of like speed dating, as my friend Donalyn Miller pronounced it, so I didn't get to every table but what I heard was interesting. There was more "designing" and a little less "assessing" from what I ...


Live from the National Council of Teachers of English's annual convention, Orlando. I had hoped to hear the discussion "Schooling Native Americans," but alas the presenter was a no-show, so I wandered over to "Teacher Talk About Conflict at a Multicultural High School: The Pinnacle Classroom Discourse Study Group." The presenters, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas from Wayne State University in Detroit and Ameer Daniel from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich., discussed the importance of having a shared language among teachers and students and within each of these groups. The importance, they explained, really comes down to navigating uncomfortable moments ...


Live from the National Council of Teachers of English's annual convention, Orlando. In between catching up with teacher friends here on what feels a bit like Gilligan's Island (kind of couldn't figure out how to get off the compound if you wanted to), I scoured the 370-page NCTE program last night. (By the time I arrived at the convention site and checked in, sessions had ended.) This year marks the 100th annual convention (although NCTE's centennial celebration is in 2011) and the theme is "Teachers and Students Together: Living Literate Lives." But the buzzwords are 21st century and multiculturalism. I ...


An Arizona superintendent who cut $8 million from the budget without laying off teachers and the Secretary of Education discussed the need for education leaders to make "creative and bold" fiscal choices.


Welcome to sunny Orlando, where it's a balmy 75 degrees and you can easily spot the NCTE attendees because they're the only adults not accompanied by children. There are also some tell tale signs like folks carrying canvas bags labeled "Reading Recovery" with their heads bowed in their books. (My neighbor is reading a YA book, The Stone Goddess by Minfong Ho, for her multi-ethnic literature course at University of Texas, Arlington. Have you read it?) On the flight out, I sat next to an instructional coach from Ballou High School, in Washington, D.C., who was also headed to ...


A few years ago, with the idea of better incorporating teachers' own voices into our coverage, we entered into a more or less casual agreement with the Teacher Leaders Network to publish a weekly article by their members on our site. I'm not sure how long any of us expected this to last. But lo and behold: I've been informed by a reliable source that the excellent article we just put up by Ken Bernstein is the 200th in the series. That's not bad in a media climate where change seems to be the one constant. We know from our ...


A blogger-educator responds to the notion that teachers hold a grudge against students who don't give them holiday gifts.


New data shows that U.S. students' performance in math may be even worse than is commonly thought.


Schools in Flagstaff, Ariz. are sending letters to parents of overweight students, urging lifestyle changes.


A conversation with the stars of "The Lottery," a documentary about families hoping their children win spots at a successful Harlem charter school, fails to address the big-picture implications of school choice.


Food for thought: College students who used twitter, both inside and outside of the classroom, performed better in school than their non-twitternig peers, according to a study. The twittering students not only had higher grade-point averages but scored better on a student-engagement survey designed for the study. ... (HT: Alexander Russo, via—where else?—Twitter.)...


The right-wing activist-slash-videographer who was behind the infamous ACORN sting videos in 2009 has reportedly turned his undercover cameras on teachers' unions.


It's nice to be well-liked by your students, but there's such a thing as being a just little too cool for your own good


An education professor believes all students should become experts in a single, specific topic.


A program that brings babies to the classroom to encourage students' empathy could help solve the nation's bullying problem.


School custodians in New York make more money than teachers, but are they really overpaid?


Jim Simons, a mathematician and the founder of Math for America, says that math instruction in the United States is in crisis and argues for the creation of a National/Math Science Master Teacher Corps.


When districts stop hiring substitutes to save funds, teachers pay the price with longer work days, says one blogger.


Naveen Jain argues that in today's constantly changing world, students' knowledge of content is not as important as their ability to learn.


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