Cultural Criticism & Globe Trotting

Cultural Criticism & Globe Trotting

Context This semester, my seniors are exploring cultural criticism.  They’ll be reading Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, which is an amazing wordless graphic novel.  Following a man through his immigration story, the author does an amazing job helping the reader...
Blog Wrangling (Grading and Other Woes)

Blog Wrangling (Grading and Other Woes)

You’ve gotten your students blogging about amazing things, but how on earth are you supposed to keep track of them.  Even worse, how are you supposed to grade them (or are you)? To Grade or Not to Grade That is the question.  Seriously. There are several views...
So They’ve Got a Blog. Now What?

So They’ve Got a Blog. Now What?

Congratulations! You’ve gotten your students set up with a blog.  Now what? Blog Posts Should Be Long, Right? One of the most common questions I get from teachers about blogging is, “What should my students write about?”  There’s a bit of a...
Blogging with Students: Choosing a Platform

Blogging with Students: Choosing a Platform

So you want to blog with your students?  Great!  Blogging is an amazing tool that helps move writing from the realm of “for the teacher only” to “global – gasp!”  If you’ve already decided that blogging is a good idea, I’m not...
Blogging with Students

Blogging with Students

I toyed with student blogging earlier this year, but I quickly got overwhelmed with grading and ended the experiment.  However, with my students doing “Build-A-Unit” (a quarter where they propose, build, learn, and present information from a choice of...

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