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August 22, 2013

What I've Been Up to Lately



January 06, 2013

Every Test is a Reading Test

Oberlin High School
January 7, 2013


About The Learning Network -

The Learning Network - The Learning Network Blog -

Fiction or Nonfiction? Considering the Common Core’s Emphasis on Informational Text

What Should Children Read? -

"What Should Children Read?" (PDF)

David Brooks - "The Other Education" and "The Power of the Particular"

COMMON CORE PRACTICE - The Learning Network Blog -

Common Core Practice Lexicography, Lab Lit and Ethical Investing -

Teacher Resources New York Times Newspaper in Education

Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek - Multimedia Feature -


What we learned from 5 million books | Video on

TED - Ken Robinson on Education


Sorge's TED Viewing Guide and TED Pitch Sheet

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Profundity Scale Worksheet

Nonfiction Worksheet

AP Book Lists

Jim Burke's Digital Textbook

Jim Burke's Weekly Reader

Kelly Gallagher's Article of the Week

"Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer" by Wendell Berry

Mediated Cultures: Digital Ethnography at Kansas State University


Connections - Education @ WVIZ ideastream

DLackey's Delicious Links

Linda's Other Life

September 18, 2012

Primary Sources, Common Core State Standards and Blended Learning

Turns out we're experts on Primary Sources, Common Core State Standards and Blended Learning. Here are descriptions of some of the Lesson Plans we have developed and taught over the past thirty years.

Sample Lesson Plans and Chart

And here's our WVIZ Blended Learning Workshop Brochure.


If any of this sounds good to you, we can be reached here.

August 19, 2012

Next Thirty Years


Read about it here.

So I re-titled my tumblr site The Next Thirty Years - take a click to see what I've been up to.

April 29, 2012

My Last 30 Days as a High School English Teacher

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April 02, 2012

National Poetry Month


National Poetry Month - - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

Poem-a-Day by Knopf Doubleday

Poetry Everywhere Videos including Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost and The Lanyard by Billy Collins

Audio & Podcasts

Poetry Out Loud

The Libraries Didn't Burn -

Poetry by Marianne Moore

April 01, 2012

Reading for Pleasure and Enlightenment

Select a classic or contemporary novel, nonfiction or biography from one of the follow lists:

  • Contemporary American Novels
  • Modern Library 100 Best Novels
  • NYTimes Bestseller Trade Fiction

    After reading a novel, nonfiction work or biography, prepare a 5-7 minute speech that includes the following:

    1. Introduction – attention-getter
    2. Oral reading - one or two-page reading from your book including introductory or concluding explanation of context.
    3. Author background - include reference to at least one critical source or review.
    4. Conflict Analysis - refer to specific examples from your novel.
    5. Theme - "Sometimes in life . . ."
    6. Use quotes from your book, its author and reviewers to illustrate conflict and theme.
    7. Your personal reaction/opinion/response to the novel.
    8. Topic outline and Works Cited – submit to


    ___ Introduction of selection (5)
    ___ Reading - Vocal Energy/Articulation/Posture/Gestures (10)
    ___ Author Information (10)
    ___ Discussion of conflicts and themes (10)
    ___ Personal Reaction (10)
    ___ Use of quotations from book, author or reviewer (5)
    ___ TOTAL (50)

    See also:
    My Reading Life - Mrs. Lackey's Reading Blog
    The Big Read
    Other Book Lists
    Penguin First Year and Common Reads

    Reader's Bill of Rights

    1. The right not to read.
    2. The right to skip pages.
    3. The right to not finish.
    4. The right to reread.
    5. The right to read anything.
    6. The right to escapism.
    7. The right to read anywhere.
    8. The right to browse.
    9. The right to read out loud.
    10. The right to not defend your tastes.

    From Better Than Life, 1999, Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers

    Stranger Than Fiction: Dustin Hoffman Interview

    Stranger Than Fiction Worksheet

    Kurt Vonnegut in Defense of Reading

    February 24, 2012

    Iconic Obsession

    Iconic Obsession - Six Degrees of Les Paul

    "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe." - John Muir

    How does an obsession with a person, place, issue, object or activity express or demonstrate a particularly American ideal or belief?

    Areas of Influence:


    Information Sources:

    Site visit


    "Green" Publication:

    Blogger, Tumblr, GoogleDocs, or website
    MLA documentation with works cited linking to source material and submitted to

    January 01, 2012

    Cool Words

    Wordnik’s Online Dictionary - No Arbiters, Please -

    October 05, 2011

    'You've got to find what you love'

    Steve Jobs to 2005 graduates: 'Stay hungry, stay foolish'

    1984 Macintosh Computer SuperBowl Commercial

    August 25, 2011

    Steve Jobs Resigns 8-24-11

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    Steve Jobs Reshaped Industries
    Published: August 25, 2011
    It’s hard to imagine that we’ll ever see another 15 years of blockbuster, culture-changing hits like the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad — from Apple or anyone else. And that’s really, really sad.

    How Steve Jobs Changed The Way We Listen
    by Bob Boilen NPR
    "Steve Jobs and Apple didn't invent the MP3 player, but they sure made it work."

    May 24, 2011

    This I Believe on Bob Dylan's Birthday

    Bob Dylan's Birthday is May 24th. Seems like a good time to post my This I believe piece:

    I believe in lingering – long conversational digressions, and slow time spent hammocked on the deck. I believe in seed-time, the gradual germination of plants, personalities, ideas. I believe in starting more projects than I can finish, in the promise of unfinished business. Same goes for books. I believe in listening to the sound between the words, enjoying the view between the lines on the page. I believe in trees and dirt, and in waiting for leaves to decompose into mulch, for finches to return in spring. I believe that every word counts, makes a difference. I believe in chewing slowly, in being the last person to leave the table.

    Continue reading "This I Believe on Bob Dylan's Birthday" »

    February 02, 2011

    Wilco on Woody and the Banks


    Official Woody Guthrie Website

    January 02, 2011

    Imagine Peace


    From the Sunday NYTimes - Internet, maps and webcams

    The New Speed of Money, Reshaping Markets
    Published: January 1, 2011
    Machines have largely taken over stock market trading, creating a new
    technological order affecting nearly everyone who owns shares of stock
    or mutual funds.

    Computers That See You and Keep Watch Over You
    Published: January 1, 2011
    Computerized surveillance systems can protect hospital patients, watch
    for criminals — or invade your privacy.

    Global Entertainment
    Published: December 30, 2010
    How online geo-tools and their tweakers make the surveillance state fun.

    Published: December 30, 2010
    The ideological implications of our new fiber-optic infrastructure.

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