Language Arts

As a first year teacher, still enthused about the idea of teaching language arts to a group of 100+ eighth grade students, I was quickly saddened by the lack of interest that the students seemingly shared with each other. At E.B. Aycock Middle in Greenville, North Carolina, we serve students who come from two completely different ends of the socioeconomic spectrum.  We certainly have our share of...
A few weeks ago, I had a brief Twitter conversation with Paul Oh and Ira Socol about how little we re-read and re-write in schools. One of Paul's tweets about design-thinking sparked my part of the conversation. I see writing as a design process - we craft it. We plan, draft, revise, publish, and evaluate the effectiveness of our writing in a variety of ways as adults and educators. It's an...