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AprilWebinarSeries.png By Howard Rheingold Joe Dillon, 11th grade English teacher and instructional coach at Rangeview High School in Aurora, Colorado, started using social media with his students when “in my second year of teaching, my curiosity was sparked when I noticed they were texting each other in class.” From the beginning, Dillon was in the habit of...
Research papers often get a bad reputation. But we conduct research all the time in our everyday lives. Whether we want to understand civic issues or make a major life purchase, we need research skills to sift through all the information. Research writing skills students practice in the classroom need to transfer to their lives too. The most powerful opportunities for this kind of academic...
In my classroom, math is organized into three stations. Generally, one is captained by me (A) and is the focus lesson for the day, another (B) is based on pencil and paper review/games/problem solving, and the third (C) is computer based using various websites designed for practice or review, such as www.xtramath.org, www.tenmarks.com, and www.everydaymathonline.com.  This week, station “B”...
A version of this post appeared yesterday at my blog. My students have been writing commentaries about The House on Mango Street for about a month. I modified Sheridan Blau’s format to account for the fact that I’m working with 9th-graders instead of college students. At the beginning of the year, my students often respond to challenging tasks by remaining quiet and waiting for help.  With this...
This post appeared earlier today at my blog. I intended to blog about writing commentaries with my students in this post, but my thoughts went in a different direction this week. In Chapter 4 of In the Middle, Nancie Atwell recounts a visit to her classroom from the legendary writer and teacher Don Graves. At the end of the day Graves came and stood in my doorway with his coat on, smiling. “What...
A version of this post appeared earlier today at my blog. Just as my CLMOOC 2013 adventure began with an invitation in the spring, my CLMOOC 2014 experiences began in the spring with an invitation from Christina Cantrill and Kevin Hodgson to be a member of 2014 CLMOOC support team. The team’s role was to support, coach, and encourage CLMOOC participants as they created and connected during the...
A version of this post originally appeared at my blog. In her book ELL Shadowing As A Catalyst for Change, Ivania Soto quotes a teacher who – after following a protocol to shadow an English Learner student for several periods – discovered that she was doing most of the talking in her classroom.  The teacher goes on to note that the person who talks the most tends to learn the most; she had...
A version of this post originally appeared on my blog. (I am indebted to Paul Oh & Christina Cantrill, both for the title of this post, which comes from an episode of NWP Radio in which they invited me to participate, and for their encouragement to reflect on and write about my experiences.) In the spring of 2013, when I accepted Carolyn Frank’s offer to be the Connected Learning liaison for...
I am researching research. I know, it all sounds very meta. But following my tenth grade English students' completion of our 20% time research projects, I wondered just how much of a difference, if any, this type of inquiry-based research writing assignment made for my practicing writers. And so I ended up undertaking a type of research that was quite similar to the research writing that I was...
Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom, a new ebook from the Digital Media and Learning Hub, is produced and edited by a group of National Writing Project educators and takes examples of practice that teachers have shared online—here at the NWP Digital Is website—and curates them into a larger collection. This collection, unique in its focus on in-school work, explores the principles of...

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