“Let Them Eat Cake:” How Teachers Can Resist Banned Words

Used with permission from Susan DuFresne.                         Words never uttered can be extremely significant. Often the perception of words said (or unsaid) carry more importance than truth. In October of 1789, Marie Antoinette did not look down at the swarming hordes of [...]

The Writing Gap: Why a Renaissance in Writing Instruction is Imperative

"Appositive?” “What is an appositive?” “Is that even a word?” These were snippets of conversations overheard in a teacher’s book study at Liverpool High School, a large, suburban school north of Syracuse, NY. The assembled teachers, from a variety of disciplines including World Languages, English, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics and Special Education, comprise a group studying [...]

A Student-Curated Reading List to Combat Learning Loss

With the holidays just around the corner, most teachers are gearing up for some time off and some much needed rest and relaxation. While these breaks can a wonderful time to re-charge for both teachers and students, sometimes progress made throughout the semester can be lost. For example, in 2015, Oxford Learning put out an article [...]

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Yes, Breaking Up (with a text) is Hard to Do

It's not you. It's the text. It's moving on...to another grade level. "I just don't understand why...." you catch your breath, "it's been the only book I liked ...no, I loved... to teach."   You pause, 'Why does it have to leave?" After all, you and the book have been together for school years. You [...]