Entries Tagged as 'blogging'

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Re-imagining Final Exams in a Connected Classroom

I’ve never really been a fan of exams. I certainly don’t like the standardized kind and I’m not really even a fan of teacher-created tests to show what my students have learned in my class. Have I written and given tests in the last 16 years? Certainly. Have some of those tests helped me to see […]

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Where Do I Start?

Since I presented at the Innovation Summit a few weeks ago, I’ve gotten a few inquiries from teachers who want to start blogging with students but they aren’t sure how to start. Or where to start. Or what they should emphasize first. I’ve written them back with quick answers to their questions about choosing a […]

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

What Happens When Students Write Publicly

“Someone in another state really read my blog?” “I got a comment from a real expert! How’d you do that?” “You’re like our agent, Miss. You’re my number one promoter.” For the last five weeks, my students have been working towards publishing an op-ed. We read examples that I provided by writers who I admire. They […]

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

The Teacher Is Not The Audience

  Six years ago, when I sat down to type my very first blog post, I had no idea how much that decision would shape me. How much I’d grow as a writer and a member of a community. How much I’d come to rely on this space to figure myself out. How much writing […]

Monday, July 27th, 2015

The Power Of Amplifying Teen Voices

Their hearts break and adults tell them to get over it because teens don’t understand true love anyway. They miss deadlines and adults warn that they better watch out for the big bad “real” world. They take selfies and adults call them selfish because they only see them looking at themselves and not looking for […]

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

BlogHer and The Power of Our Voices

Just like in 2012, I traveled to this BlogHer conference worrying that I would feel out of place, like a too tiny fish in a too big sea. I worried that I haven’t written enough lately to call myself a blogger. I worried that skipping last year would mean that my blogging friends had moved […]

Monday, April 13th, 2015


At the toy store on Saturday he picked a dinosaur egg. The egg contained the promise of a baby T. Rex in exchange for about 48 hours of patience and $3. He held the egg gingerly as I filled a cup with warm water, holding it down to his height once it was full for […]

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Building A Classroom Writing Community Through Blogs

I’ve been blogging personally for almost 6 years now. It has become a part of who I am and led to personal growth and opportunity that I wouldn’t trade. Blogging has made me feel like a real writer. Blogging has introduced me to a community of writers and thinkers and friends. Blogging has made me […]

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Moments of Truth

The good topics my students and I investigate together get stuck in my head. I leave my classroom and I still think about life through the lens of our inquiry. Right now we are reading and researching and discussing a question that I’ve discussed with students for at least the last five years – maybe […]

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

30 Days

Day 30. What will writing for thirty days teach me about myself? I can make time to write. Writing makes me think, notice, capture seconds, slivers of time that seem insignificant. But even the smallest sliver of time matters in the bigger story of life. I do have lots left to say. A story to […]

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