About Colette Bennett

Colette Marie Bennett is the Curriculum Coordinator for English Language Arts, Social Studies, Library Media, and Testing for the West Haven Public School System in West Haven, Connecticut.Previous to this position, she served as the Chief Academic Officer (7-12) for Regional School System #6 in Litchfield, Connecticut. She has 23 years of teaching experience in English Language Arts from grades 6-12, including electives in journalism, drama, and film studies.A graduate of the Alternate Route to Certification, Bennett also has a Masters in English from Western Connecticut State University a 6th year in Advanced Teaching and an 092 Administrative Certificate from Sacred Heart University, and graduate credits from the GLSP in Social Studies at Wesleyan University. She holds a Literacy Certification (102) from Sacred Heart University for grades K-12.She has presented how technology is incorporated in classrooms at the Connecticut Computers in Education Conference (2010, 2012, 2014), the National Council of Teachers Annual Conference (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), and the Advanced Placement Annual Conference (2011) the Literacy for All Conference (2012), and the ICT for Language Learning in Florence, Italy (2014).She blogs about education at Used Books in Class: http://usedbookclassroom.wordpress.com/She tweets at Teachcmb56@twitter.com

The Evolving Creative Non-Fiction

Maybe it has been the influence of the Common Core  State Standards (CCSS) or maybe it has been the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Whatever the reason, one genre has been evolving and gaining popularity with students at all grade levels, and that is the genre of creative nonfiction. Creative non-fiction or the narrative non-fiction genre features the same [...]

By | April 11th, 2016|Literacy|0 Comments

The NAEP Chicken and the Common Core Nonfiction Egg

What came first…the NAEP Chicken or the CCSS Egg? In 2009, there were revisions to the reading content in  the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the “largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas.” The revisions increased nonfiction reading. In 2009, the development of the the Common [...]

By | April 5th, 2016|Common Core, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy|0 Comments

Haunting Film about Ellis Island

In 14 minutes, social studies and ELA educators can take advantage of a haunting new titled  Ellis about the buildings on the island between New York and New Jersey. Ellis Island served  as a United States immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954. The  2015 film is now available on Youtube and stars Robert De Niro. The setting [...]

Math, Patterns, and MLK's "I Have a Dream" Speech

The third Monday in January is a national holiday commemorating Martin Luther King, and February is Black History Month. If you're  an educator, and you have not already seen Nancy Duarte's visualization of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, then here it is below on YouTube (or the Vimeo link here): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l39CL0t-jyM If [...]

Making the Best Persuasive Argument Does Not Mean Writing an Essay

The Best Persuasive Argument of 2015 was not presented in the form of the standard five paragraph essay. Instead, the best persuasive argument made this year featured 1000 musicians playing the song “Learn to Fly" in a field in order to persuade the rock band Foo Fighters to play a concert in a small town in Italy. The entire project was [...]

By | January 6th, 2016|Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Opinion|0 Comments