The Power of Words – A few great resources

How do you ignite in your students a love for words? From basic interpersonal skills (BICS) to cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP), students feel empowered when they can recognize/recall/distinguish/apply the right word for the right context. (Maybe we all do.)  I came across a few resources this week I think just might help promote discussions […]

What is the opposite of ‘inured’?

It was my good fortune this weekend to attend the National Writing Project’s 2010 Urban Sites Network conference, Writing Across the Margins: Illuminating Urban Voices.  The Friday morning kick-off was pretty amazing: By Any Medium Necessary –   Oakland Leaf Youth Roots‘ interactive session on poetry is one I will remember for a long time to […]

Igniting National Poetry Month

A poem begins with a lump in the throat.  ~Robert Frost The only problem with Haiku is that you just get started and then ~Roger McGough Poetry has the tendency to promote literacy skills in ways that can have a life-long impact on students. As a 6th grade humanities teacher, I regularly shared favorite or […]