What If I’m Not a Good Teacher?

Today, I’m tackling another question posed by one of my Methods students: What if I am not a good teacher? What if I fail? Yes, I know, these are technically two questions, but they are related so they count as one. (My blog. My rules.) These are serious questions I have about my future as…

12 Reasons English Teachers Should Tweet

Hey look! It’s me on Twitter, nearly 2000 tweets ago! One thing I did A LOT at #NCTE13 was encourage teachers to get on Twitter. If you’re not on Twitter, you think this is what you’re going to find, right? What I love so much about this is that it had been retweeted over 11K…

TED Talks

Last week, I decided to start a TED talk challenge. I love to use TED talks in my classes—and I also love learning from them myself. But I rarely make time to watch them. So my new goal is to watch one new TED talk per week. I started the challenge off with a bang…

Sunday Salon: Weekly Links

  In Common Core news, Arne Duncan made yet another bone-headed statement, insulting “white suburban moms” everywhere. Paul Thomas has a must-read follow-up post that examines “the politics of white outrage.”  And if you haven’t watched the powerful anti-CCSS speech from the Tennessee student, I recommend it. I never really thought about the benefits of pens over pencils…

Sunday Salon on Saturday: Weekly Links

I’m going to be traveling all day tomorrow and won’t have time to put together my regular Sunday feature, but I know it’s my mom’s favorite thing on my blog, so I decided to give her a thrill and post it today. A few stories from #opened13: The Digital Hechinger Report critiqued Andrew Ng’s opening…

Step Back From Crisis Rhetoric

I’m at #OpenEd13 this week, which is one reason why I haven’t been blogging. (Also, #NaNoWriMo.) But I did want to write a quick post to share a couple of thoughts about Audrey Watters’s provocative keynote on “The Education Apocalypse,” which she has published (along with awesome slides!) at her blog. Watters traced the “end times”…