Next Month: Teacher & Student Voice Series

I’m excited to announce (after a month long hiatus) two series that will be posted in tandem next month:

 

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While I will write a post as part the the ‘Eye Heart Teaching‘ series, most of the posts will be completed by guest writers–both students and teachers.

The ‘Student Voices: Intern Edition‘ series will include entries from my current internship students who are wrapping up their year as industry interns. They’ll reflect on their experiences, the benefits of interning, and may even critique the methods of the internship course itself.

The ‘Eye Heart Teaching‘ series will include entries from colleagues who will share everything from their recent research to evolving teaching and professional philosophies to sharing narratives about their favorite moments in their classrooms in 2017-18.

The first posts will be up by the first week of May. Stay tuned and be sure to share using the hashtag #EyeHeartTeaching and #StudentVoices

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See You @ Patterns of Innovation!

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Today I am headed out to Napa, CA for the first time in my life for the very first Partnership 21 (P21) Patterns of Innovation conference at New Tech High School. I will be presenting alongside my principal and one of our fine assistant principals at our cluster middle school on how community partnerships help transform teaching and learning in schools. I look forward to meet new faces and collaborating with educators from across the country!

The Parkland Conversation: Caring & Empathy in Our Schools

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In honor of the nationally student-organized Parkland walkouts today, I am posting this today.

Take heart reader, by in large, this is not a politically charged post, but it will serve as a call for change as many of my colleagues and the students I speak to each day are clamoring to see happen. I have spent hours since the February 14th tragedy wrestling with the realities of continued shootings in schools, the emotional fallout, political discord, scared children, attention-seeking adults, and the list goes on and on. I have started and stopped this post in my head many times, but as you can plainly see, I have decided my thoughts and the solutions I will try to convey are worth sharing.

Let’s start with what this post will really be about–I want to posit not only the need for our classrooms to be caring and empathetic in general but also the need for building caring and empathetic classrooms from the inside out, starting with teacher preparatory programs. While I am all for some extended gun laws and restrictions, this post will concentrate solely on what we as a society, in our little nook of it, can do to curtail or even prevent these events immediately.

Before we dive in, I would like to invite any educators who read this post to comment on it with their own use of care ethics and responsive classroom techniques and more specifically where and when you encountered those techniques. Continue reading

GCTE Reflection: Being Named Teacher of the Year

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What a weekend! I have been an active member of the Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE) since I was a preservice teacher over twelve years ago, and I have always enjoyed the annual conference the years I have been able to attend. Really, my doctoral pursuits really plugged me back into the organization as well as the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). I have presented at both conferences several times in the last five years, but this year was particularly special and was by far my favorite GCTE conference. Continue reading

See You @ GCTE!

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Just 24 hours before #GCTE2018 begins! As I wrote about in a previous post, I have several of my colleagues presenting this year. I am so proud of them, and I am thankful to call them colleagues and friends. I highly recommend their sessions! It also appears most of my doctoral cohort mates will be at the conference and presenting as well, so I am really looking forward to a reunion with the folks I toiled away with towards our respective doctorates.

My friend and colleague, Glenn Chance, and I will be presenting on leveraging visual literacy tools to aid students understanding and use of author’s purpose–all through the use of Banksy’s art and documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop.

Interested? Stop by and say hi! Below is our session info:

Exiting Through the Gift Shop: Enhancing Non-Fiction Instruction through Banksy, Documentary, and Memoir”  Saturday, February 10 during Breakout session G from 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM in Room D