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October 19, 2011

An English Teacher's Envy

Miss Eyre at NYC Educator describes feeling "insanely, irrationally jealous" of her students during their free reading time. She writes: It's really hard to do quality reading during the school year, especially if you're an English teacher and you have to stay on top of the texts you're reading wit...

August 29, 2011

A Teacher's Take on Brill's 'Class Warfare'

In the Washington Post, English Teacher Patrick Welsh reviews Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools, Steven Brill's much talked about chronicle of the current education reform movement. Welsh says the book is fascinating for the "privileged glimpses" it provides into key developme...

March 19, 2011

Teacher Book Club Author Packs the Room

Live from the Celebration of Teaching and Learning Conference in New York Great friend to Teacher Kathleen Cushman gave a presentation based on her book Fires in the Mind (our last Teacher Book Club title) today—and drew quite a crowd. By the time I arrived, it was standing room only. Seems w...

March 18, 2011

Prolific Author and 8th Grader Team Up on a Novel

Live from the Celebration of Teaching and Learning Conference in New York In a heartwarming session, which had at least one audience member in tears, popular young adult novelist Walter Dean Myers and his now 17-year-old co-author Ross Workman described the process of writing a book together. As a...

January 24, 2011

Creating an LGBT-Friendly Curriculum

Students in England will begin to see gay issues popping up in their classes, as the government pushes to raise awareness about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual community, according to the Daily Mail. Beginning in February, which is LGBT History Month in the U.K., the organization Schoo...

January 10, 2011

Can Textbook Errors Enhance Learning?

After the Washington Post exposed dozens of errors in Virginia history textbooks, several districts removed them from schools to prevent the impairment of learning. But Post ed columnist Jay Mathews thinks the mistakes would actually enhance learning. "We might even encourage publishers to salt the...

January 05, 2011

Muslim-American Kids Face an Absence of Stories

With a growing Muslim student population, Minnesota schools are struggling to fill their shelves with books these students can relate to.

December 29, 2010

Wiggins: Proposal to 'Ban Fiction Books' Was a Hoax

Grant Wiggins, the blogger who created a stir by writing that all fiction books should be banned from the English curriculum because boys find them boring, says his proposal was meant to be sarcastic.

December 20, 2010

Should We Ban Fiction Books from Schools?

One education consultant believes replacing most fiction with non-fiction books is the solution to getting boys interested in reading again.

June 21, 2010

In Defense of Slow Reading

Earlier in the day I was speaking with our book whisperer blogger Donalyn Miller about reading. She's spearheading a book-a-day summer reading challenge for adults, which, by the way, has gone viral. In light of this, Donalyn mentioned University of New Hampshire English professor Thomas Newkirk's...

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