February 13, 2019

Words matter, and English teachers use a lot of them. Most of us tend to (over) rely on our favorite catchphrases: the phrasings, mantras, and motivational expressions we use to drive home our intentions and purposes for our students. These are, more often than not, effective instructional tools; they also carry risk: these linguistic Swiss Army knives sacrifice nuance for brevity, and often becom...

November 6, 2018

Our students, throughout their academic lives, have had every important adult they know tell them that they should read.

Yet once they leave school, nearly everyone they meet hopes that they don’t.

This is the paradox I present my students with on the first days of school each year: a confrontation with the reality that, by and large, there are deeply rooted, systemic arguments for everyday people (...

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