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Laurie
Roberts

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I am a high school English teacher in Boise, Idaho, enjoying my 27th year in the classroom. For the last 12 years I have taught AP Literature and Composition. I am a 2007 Boise State Writing Project fellow and an Idaho Core coach. I am a singer/songwriter, and I record independent CDs in my spare time. I am also an avid runner.

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Boise State University Writing Project

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Boise Schools

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If you read last week's entry, you know that I decided to take on a new risk in my AP Literature classes last Monday: integrating Twitter into my classroom discussion (specifically the student-led discussion known as a Socratic Seminar).

Let me just start by saying that this was not perfect, but it was better than I...

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on Oct 21, 2014
by Laurie Roberts
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Taking risks has never felt like a natural part of my personality. I don't typically blaze my own trail. I look for the safe, the comfortable, the experiences I can control.

This is as true in my professional life as my personal. However, this risk-averse tendency is often in conflict with another aspect of my character: the desire to improve myself—to improve my craft. This desire manifests in my classroom with my career-long need to create new units and lessons (or, at the very least, to repeatedly revise old ones). One of the greatest challenges and joys of teaching is that no lesson or unit ever feels like it's done. There is always room for improvement. I have come to believe this is how it should be—that this constant cycle of creation and revision is actually the hallmark of any teacher who is experiencing moments of greatness.

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on Oct 21, 2014
by Laurie Roberts