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Furniture in the Collaborative Classroom: Desks with wheels may be overrated

I loved the idea of desks with wheels. My lessons usually involve some combination of partner work, small-group work, whole-class discussion, inner circle/outer circle discussions, independent work. Movable desks seemed to make sense for this kind of collaborative practice. And … Continue reading

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Reflections on being a student

Scenario: An instructor at a professional development conference provides each table with a jar full of buttons and a slip of paper with instructions. This is an exercise designed to illustrate a number of things: That inquiry-based learning can be used to … Continue reading

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Downplaying the Teaching Profession: How Can We Change Our Ways?

If you haven’t read Jeff Charbonneau’s recent EdWeek post calling for teachers to elevate the teaching profession by emphasizing their own expertise, read it now. He suggests that teachers downplay their achievements because of pressure (self-imposed, and sometimes enforced by … Continue reading

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Dear Professors: Stop Lecturing. Now.

When I first started teaching, I incorporated mini-lectures about authors and about the various historical or social contexts in which our texts were written in order to guide my class to new insights about a text. It seemed logical to … Continue reading

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An Argument for In-Class Reading Time

Do you provide class time for independent reading? If not, consider this: I attended a professional development workshop this week in which participants were asked to prepare by reading “The Red Convertible” by Louise Erdrich. Some workshop participants read the … Continue reading

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Interrogating Representations of Disability in Disney: “Part of Your World” & The Lion King

Last year, I led my students through a “Disability in America” module that asked them to critically analyze representations of disability in media (ads, PSAs, film clips) and in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. What I liked about this … Continue reading

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Teachers as Writers: Opportunities

If you’re a teacher who is interested in sharing your ideas with a wider audience, here are a few publications that accept submissions for lesson plans and short articles: Teaching Tolerance: Accepts pitches for articles, blog posts and individual lessons … Continue reading

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