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But What About Literature?

“How am I supposed to fit in Julius Caesar/To Kill A Mockingbird…./insert title here into Project Based Learning?” is a question I often get as a New Tech Network literacy and school coach.  English teachers understandably wonder how reading a

Posted in Authenticity, Teaching Challenging Texts

Writing to Learn… or Communicate? Or Both?

Creating authentic writing opportunities in math… whew, it’s hard. In this case, when I say authentic, I mean the kinds of math writing professionals do in the real world.   It’s hard because in the real world, math writing is often

Posted in Authenticity, Writing

But What About Grammar?

I think the number one thing I get asked about in regard to literacy instruction is (cue suspenseful music)…. grammar, mechanics, and usage instruction.  Whether it’s a math facilitator wondering if she or he really has to check students’ semi-colon

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Authentic Literacy

How do you make the time to fit in the kinds of reading and writing required by the Common Core, not to mention college and career readiness? When I taught an integrated Chemistry and English class, as well as an

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Authentic English

I’ve been talking a lot about authenticity with some ever-thoughtful NTN folks: facilitators during our Southwest “Meeting of the Minds,” our Teacher Design Group, and coaches.  Geoff Krall– and a few other people– have been making me think about authenticity

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