Tag Archives: Teaching Strategies

Decision Fatigue

I teach in an inner-city school and work with students who have a variety of disabilities including specific learning disabilities, autism, behavior disorders, and many other labels.  My students are smart and capable, but they’re not always able to display … Continue reading

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Standing Up for Students: One Middle School Teacher’s Urgent Plea against Standardized Testing during the COVID Pandemic

We have officially been in our “Stay at Home” order for about four weeks. In addition, Michigan schools will no longer meet face-to-face this year. During my time at home, I have been doing some processing and reflecting on education … Continue reading

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Write With Them; Write For Them: The Power of Teacher-Created Mentor Texts

In the April 2014 edition of Educational Leadership, renowned reading and writing teacher Kelly Gallagher writes about the power of mentor texts and how teachers can use them to help students improve their writing.  The article, entitled “Making the Most … Continue reading

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A Visit with Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein

On August 25, the Chippewa River Writing Project welcomed Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein — authors of They Say, I Say:  The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing — to Central Michigan University.  During the morning, they led a roundtable … Continue reading

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The Beaver Island Institute 2016

I was reminded again this past summer that Michigan is truly one of the most beautiful places on this planet … At the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, a unique opportunity was presented to my science colleague Jeremy Winsor … Continue reading

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