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Anyone who knows me knows about my fascination and commitment to revisit my practice. They know about my desire to understand the affordances of technology and media-making in literacy instruction. They know about my dedication to helping my learners become global citizens. Now, make no mistake, I understand "I turned out completely fine" with a more traditional education, but then again, that's...
This week, while grading Annotated Bibliographies, Pandora did that thing we all love so much where it assumes we live more active lives than we do. When I realized it had quit on me, I pulled up the tab, admitted that Yes, I'm still listening, and was graced with this ridiculous ad for Dove chocolates. Though extremely flawed (how did he know to pick up particular books based on those super...
Image 3.4- Concluding the Video with the Title and Book Cover.png All rights reserved. Whether students are reading an actual book or reading on their phone, tablet, or any other device, I am a firm believer that even the most reluctant middle school readers can be nurtured and develop ap- preciation for literature and reading. Kelly Gallagher (2009) states in his...
A former student of mine, now in education herself, posed this question on Facebook: "Teacher friends, tomorrow is the day before a vacation [Thanksgiving]. How are you addressing the [Ferguson] grand jury announcement." Still from Carlos' upcoming video My response is longer than seemed appropriate for a Facebook comment box, so here goes...First of all, I'll reframe the question: how have I...
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...
I teach a course for students who are scoring below proficient on the writing exams we administer in Colorado. The idea for hte course came about five years ago. If we can create a safe space for students to write, they will improve. We facilitate a writing workshop model for our students and it has proven successful. Last year I ran into problems because my students were more engaged with their...
(This is originally from my blog: Kevin's Meandering Mind) What if a Story were simultaneously hemmed in and also open to roam the  landscape? What if the Story were merely small echoes of some larger narrative? What if  the Story were not one Story, but many Stories? What if …? During Digital Writing Month (which took place throughout November), the narrative of how we tell stories often got...
This weekend I delivered a session on flash fiction at the Write Eastern Kentucky Conference on the campus of Morehead State University and decided to share some of my plans here. While the length of most fiction is determined by the guidelines of the journal or magazine to which you plan to submit your work, a generally accepted word count for a traditional short story is 2000-8000 words while a...
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Let's Connect The word connect and what it means is different for everyone. For me, connecting means putting things together to get something else. When you connect the plug to the outlet, you get light. If you connect the individual pieces of a jigsaw, you get a cohesive and often beautiful picture. Connect the chocolate, eggs, flour, and butter to a heat source, you get a cake. Connection--it...
As the Visiting Fiction Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University I taught fiction writing to undergraduates and undergrads in courses titled Fiction Bootcamp and Writer's Workshop. These courses were craft-based workshops where my students and I pondered the big questions of how fiction is constructed and what makes it work. We looked under the hood, took the back off the clock, peered into the...

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