literacy

They keep telling me I have to tell the story of my work. They keep saying, "You have to write it down or the moment will pass.  Someone else will write it.  And it will no longer be yours." In the last year, my inkwell has been quite dry, used up by difficult days in teaching, graduate school, presentations, changing jobs, learning new systems in new places.... The list continues. Over this...
This keynote video of Scratch @ MIT 2014, features Mitch Resnick (MIT/Scratch) interviewing Elyse Eidman-Aadahl (National Writing Project) and Dale Dougherty (Maker Media; Maker Education Initiative). Titled: Making, Coding, Writing, all three speakers came together to discuss engagement and making in the learning process. Here are some highlights:  10.30:  Dale talks what inspired the “Maker...
I am apologizing upfront for my digression. I am starting with a digression and hopefully it will make sense to you. It does to me. Last week I had a lovely brunch with a friend of mine. At the end of the meal, the waiter brought dessert menus. The man I was with ordered a lavish dessert.  I made it clear that I did not want dessert.  The waiter listened, but then said, "I'll bring an extra fork...
As a new doc student, you find yourself repeatedly answering the versions of the same two questions. Question 1: How long will it take to complete your program? A:  I’m not sure. Unlike going to law school or medical school, which is completed in a set number of years, a Ph.D. requires several years of coursework plus a dissertation, or original research project. The variables inherent in any...
We have been excited about the “Connected Learning” movement for some time at the Kean University Writing Project, and our team has been thinking about how to incorporate connected learning principles into our overall Invitational Summer Institute experience for our new Teacher Consultants. I thought I would share a bit on my own entry point into this work as a way to illustrate why I think “...
  powerpoint.jpg I hope that my journey of developing Common Core-aligned units that combine academic literacy instruction with civic inquiry has inspired you to think how you could develop your own civic literacy units/projects. I am attaching a PowerPoint presentation that I’ve used during my workshops with UCLA Writing Project teachers that I encourage you to...
our america.jpeg I returned to high school English teaching after five years of graduate study focused on researching the connections between literacy instruction and civic engagement. One of the most transformative experiences I had while out of the classroom was the opportunity to lead a youth participatory action research (YPAR) program called the UCLA...
IMG_0350.JPG Asking teachers to consider incorporating ‘civic education’ into their practice can sound quite stressful, particularly when they are already overwhelmed with trying to impart to students the required knowledge and skills in their subject areas. Civic learning can very easily be viewed as one more thing piled on top of the countless other valuable...
_DSC5147.jpg   Two of the major purposes of high school classes, according to the Common Core Literacy Standards, are college and career readiness; indeed, these two purposes are mentioned together in the document so often that they are provided with a special acronym – CCR standards. The six-paragraph introduction to the literacy standards refers to the goals of...
Our month-long series, Equity and Learning in the 21st Century Classroom, started off marvelously yesterday. The series, broadcast in partnership with Educator Innovator and Connectedlearning.tv, focuses specifically on equity in relation to Connected Learning principles. This first webinar, Networked Classrooms: Providing Equitable Access to Connected Learning, is now archived. This webinar...

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