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Entries Tagged as 'The Art of Teaching'

The value of choice in student engagement

October 7th, 2011 · 2 Comments · CyberEnglish, Improving Education, The Art of Teaching

Preface I was not a teacher when my children were young, and to be honest, I didn’t think about education and learning much. I was just trying to be a good mom. But now, as a 21 year high school English teacher veteran and as a grandmother fascinated by how children learn, I will often […]

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Joey L, games are art, and the case for multi-modal literacies

February 13th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Technology and Education, The Art of Teaching

Joey L asked me if his hypertext paragraph could be about how video games are art. His enthusiasm and confidence made me say yes instantly, without thinking. Any time a student is driven to write about something, we need to do what we can to pave the way ahead. This was about two weeks ago. […]

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Embracing a new paradigm

February 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment · CyberEnglish, Technology and Education, The Art of Teaching

In his post Practical Theory, Ted Nellen describes what happened to him as he moved from a paper and pen classroom to a computer classroom: Everything had changed from a teacher dominated room to a student dominated room. Differentiated instruction became the rule, not the exception. Lessons became projects not daily lessons. Students were much […]

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A Joyful Observation

September 10th, 2009 · 3 Comments · The Art of Teaching

Doctor’s office waiting areas are great places to quietly observe our fellow human beings in action. Today I saw something that brought me joy. A young man, in about fourth or fifth grade was sitting with his sister at the children’s table., most likely waiting for a parent. They had one of those coloring books […]

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