TL:DR I am wondering if folks sometimes too narrowly focus on the one thing, instead of addressing the bigger, more challenging questions/issues. A few things I’ll weave together: Recently had an exchange about books* My older son told me about his friend who’s become an “anti-natalist.” The Venn Diagram in my mind connects in the… Read More Zealot.
Information and ideas about this text and series, and Native American Heritage Month… Read More A Girl Called Echo
Districts and English departments are scrambling for “diverse” books–while some of us have been doing this work, time to continue and support.… Read More Series: White People Homework (22) ‘Canon’ Fodder
White People: Do the Work As a follow up to this post, The Racist in the Classroom, I offer these resources that may help you grow and learn. Growth is uncomfortable. Growth can be filled with shame, guilt, and cringe-worthy memories. But maybe that’s just me. And I understand and accept what Jason Reynolds and… Read More White People Homework (1)
TFW I asked for help on teaching To Kill A Mockingbird and received so much support and guidance.… Read More disrupting mockingbirds.
Is Teachers Pay Teachers “bad?” And why do I have an image of my #ProjectLIT progress? I’ll pull it all together, promise. I believe that as a whole TPT is bad for students, so I will continue to voice my concerns. — Colby Sharp (@colbysharp) August 8, 2018 Yes, sometimes it is. It can be… Read More School Shopping.
As a follow-up to yesterday’s post regarding how to get students to move forward without scaffolds, I received many good ideas from the High School ELA group page* on Facebook, and coincidentally (are there coincidences in this day of spooky algorithms?) the National Writing Project posted this article, “Using Blogging to Grow Independent Writers… Read More Making things.
Are there two kinds of people in this world? Those who X or those who Y? Or maybe that is the paradox, thinking we can be this or that. But if I was the kind of person who asks if there are two kinds of people, (which I’m not) I would ask if you like… Read More Heart-shaped box. (Or The Giving Tree reimagined.)
I always have this summer break lag–it takes me a bit to realize it actually is break time, and not only relax, but reflect. And just not think at all. Last summer I had everything planned out, and offered my time and expertise to go over the CCSS and come up with a menu of… Read More Pledge.
Today I was observed for the last 40 minutes of my last class of the day on the first day back from winter break, and that was perfectly fine. I trust my evaluator completely and know that the feedback I receive will be informed and valuable. In our time -constrained worlds, though, I am… Read More Deep down.