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Math IS Literacy- Now What?

A while ago, I argued that it IS possible to address literacy in math classes while addressing math content, and that: “whenever you’re engaging with students in meaningful work involving mathematical symbols and language- work that helps them understand concepts

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Say Yes to Rubrics

Periodically, I turn to Alfie Kohn to metaphorically kick me in the rear and make me question everything I do- because he may change what I’m doing, but also because he makes me get very certain about why I’m doing

Posted in Assessment, Disciplinary Literacy, Rubrics, Writing

Make Time for Writing by Mapping to Learn

I’ve been looking for a good literacy chat on Twitter, and just stumbled upon one that I really enjoyed: #teachwriting. The discussion this week was on writing across the curriculum. First, let’s just define writing across the curriculum. I love

Posted in Disciplinary Literacy, Writing

Happy Data

When I taught an intensive literacy class for 10th graders I decided, somewhat randomly, to do a project based unit focused on data and data literacy.  At the time, it just seemed like a good idea.  Students had to research

Posted in Disciplinary Literacy, Global Happiness Project, PBL

Literacy in Math- Without Losing the Math

I always worry that, as a literacy coach, I make math teachers nervous.  And honestly, it’s probably reasonable- too often, coaches like me (I should note that I’m guilty of this too), move into conversations with facilitators without a real

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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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