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As we continue to enrich our thinking about education and digital literacies, I had the chance to attend a valuable talk about attention, learning and shifts in education.  Information on Cathy Davidson's talk follows: Cathy Davidson of Duke University visited Michigan State University on Friday, April 20, 2012 to discuss her book Now You See It How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform...
These documentaries were used in a high school language arts class at Child's Way Charter School, to bring relevance to our writing, while fostering critical thinking skills.  The lessons objectives are to identifying the components of a given system and the relationships between the components: direct and indirect causation, positive & negative feedback loops, purpose and evaluation of a...
Boys attitude towards writing is a hurdle we are going to have to challenge ourselves to overcome.  The video above showcases a humerous dipiction of what we would like boy writers to be like in our classroom and then shows the flip side to it, which is what we sometimes see in our classroom. The digital tools I have outlined in my resource are just a few of the ones that are available. There are...
Turned off, checked out, and disengaged are ways Ralph Fletcher has described Boy Writers in his book Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices.  Teachers are more than likely shaking their heads in agreement. Being a 7th/8th grade Language Arts Teacher, I have struggled with motivating boys who have the capacity to be brilliant writers. Three years ago I infused a multi-genre project into my...