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Why I’m vehemently opposed to most filters

November 7, 2011

A question posed for our discussion this week: Is it possible that filters are being used to get around the issues of online safety? If you’ve been in class with me previously, you might have heard some of this before. I apologize! I’m passionate about this issue. The issue of school filters matters a great […]

Wikis

October 22, 2011

My school filter blocks wikispaces, so I use the wiki tools located in our Blackboard. My subject area allows me to do in my classroom what many librarians would do in collaboration with teachers, so I thought I’d talk about a project I’m working on with my AP students right now–a project that could also […]

Social Media and the public school teacher

October 17, 2011

So, I signed up to attend a workshop on social media at the NYSUT leadership conference. I thought we would be talking about how to use social media to promote advocacy and political action. How wrong I was! To be fair, the presenters represent the legal arm of the union, so I suppose it was […]

Linking Linear Reading and Shared Reading

October 16, 2011

As an English teacher, I find myself often concerned when students lack linear reading skills. Just recently, and honors (!) student stayed after school to speak with me after he performed poorly on a quiz. He confessed he was used to learning how to make sense of text through class discussion. He told me when […]

VLOGS

September 30, 2011

Here’s something that actually happened this week: Two of my students were hanging out in my classroom working on a project after school. I had just assigned a research project to introduce The Great Gatsby. One student, Mary, asked me if I subscribe to John Green’s vlog. She asked because she does subscribe to his […]