#lookingclosely

This collection highlights six case studies centered on evidence the authors have uncovered through teacher inquiry and structured conversations about students’ digital writing.
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Katie was one of those quiet kids who came to school every day and did what was expected of her.  But she was a digital creator in the confines of her bedroom, making movies on her MacBook that she shared with friends.  If Will Richardson, well-known tech educator, had run into Katie when he was researching his recent wake up call for teachers in the USA, entitled “Why School?” and asked her if...
One of the most difficult challenges of teaching first-year writing at the university level is moving students from a set of tightly held, prescriptive beliefs about what constitutes good writing into a space where they can broadly consider the unique rhetorical situation of every composition. Each semester, multiple students tell me they’ve never written anything for school other than a five-...
In my classroom, we wonder. We wonder how wildfires start. We wonder what is the largest dog in the world. We wonder who invented Legos. My 4th-graders are full of questions. Their curiosity is contagious. We set the stage for wondering from the very beginning of the school year. Inquiry is the foundation on which I build my curriculum. My 4th-grade students know that our classroom is safe; it is...
Working with young children is something I feel very fortunate to be able to do each day. The best part of my day is being able to share great stories with my students. They love when they see me walk in with a large, plain, brown bag. They know it is filled with new treasures from the local, independent bookstore. My 2nd-graders not only love the rich stories we share together, they become...
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Think globally, game locally MDG_Icons.png Students in my Multi-Cultural Ethical Issues class studied the Millennium Development goals. Two of them, Brandon and Tre, decided to create a game to raise awareness about the perils of the cocoa industry. Their hope was to educate their peers about the promise of fair trade as a way for both the farmer and the...