The Culture of Change

I don't have anything else to say about it right now except that I am beginning to believe that we at SHS could be on the brink of major change. (For now and for the purposes of this blog, I'll keep this in reference to curricular change.) The reason I briefly point this out is... Continue Reading →

Ross School Visit

Visiting The Ross School in East Hampton, Long Island was a memorable experience. I continue to be amazed at how evident it became to me how readily a well-designed and decorated space can serve as inspiration for thought. That's what an unlimited budget can do, I suppose. In terms of what I think we can... Continue Reading →

Podcasting a Scene: Free Rubric Criteria

Having my students perform and record a dramatic reading of a scene from The Lord of the Flies was a great way to help them use their imagination and visualize the scene. It required necessary skills of close reading and formal performance, and it was a great social-emotional learning exercise. Here's why this matters, and here's how I laid out the assessment criteria.

Bringing Lit to Life (cntd.)

I want to continue to address the kind of imagining that readers need to do, and in moving forward with the book I want students to be able to hear the action and tension in a text play out. While students were able to choose a scene from the first seven chapters of Lord of... Continue Reading →

Bringing Lit to Life

I noticed that my students were struggling with Lord of the Flies and I was doubtful as to whether they were enjoying it. I think a big part of it had to do with the fact that there is a lot of meaningful narration about the setting, and Golding purposefully does not always clearly delineate... Continue Reading →

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