The Art in Education

The Art in Education

A few weeks ago my husband and I had the great parental pleasure of seeing our now grown son honored by an organization that had been particularly important to him growing up. Seventeen summers ago, he had the opportunity to attend the Kentucky Governor’s School for...
Writing in Mathematics

Writing in Mathematics

I captured some ideas about writing in math classes several years ago on a wiki for a class I was taking (Teaching Transactive Writing). It is interesting as I looked through my Google Analytics account today that that wiki continues to be one of the most visited...
Words, Words, Words

Words, Words, Words

I’ve always been a talker.  When I was about three years old, my parents would proudly show off what my dad always called my “proclivity for language” by asking me, in front of visiting company, to say what was then said to be the longest name in the Philadelphia...

Leadership and the Common Core: English Language Arts

School leaders face a significant challenge in implementing new reforms, which seem to come with increasing frequency.  While the Common Core Standards hold promise for shaping a deeper, more thoughtful curriculum for students in English Language Arts (and...

Writing: The Long and Short of It, Continued

In my March 23rd post, I described the lengthy research paper required of all junior English students in my public high school many moons ago.  I cited a recent article by the New York Times’ Matt Richter (Blogs vs. Term Papers) on the blogs versus term papers debate...