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To Be Clear: Epic Rap Battle

“Dude, to be clear: Being five centuries regressed in your reasoning doesn’t mean we all can’t still like your music.”-Neil Degrasse Tyson When Rapper B.o.B. claims the earth is flat and calls out Dr. Tyson an epic rap battle ensues. … Continue reading

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Blogging is the New Persuasive Essay

By Shelley Wright As an English teacher, I’ve had numerous conversations with college professors who lament the writing skills of their first year students. But not all writing. Most students are capable of solid expository writing. It’s their skill with persuasive … Continue reading

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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Inside Out Teachers’ Media Guide Now Available

Inside Out was released on DVD with a host of bonus features. This package allows us to use the movie and bonus features in real and meaningful ways in our classrooms. The Teachers’ Media Guide has ideas for classroom integration … Continue reading

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Content Specialists vs Youth Development Specialists

A typical class is 45 – 50 minutes in duration.  Project based learning is a hot topic in education these days; but how do you engage kids in meaningful learning when you have them for chunks of time that are … Continue reading

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We Need to Change a Few Things

By KellyAnn Bonnell This summer I was invited to a birthday party of a dear friend. I was told it would be at her favorite restaurant so I didn’t bother to look up the address when I was ready to … Continue reading

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HUFFPO: 5 Lessons Hogwarts Teaches Us

by Pam Allyn Become a fan Founder and Executive Director, LitWorld & LitLife; author; literacy and education expert and advocate Young Muggles around the world hold their breath before opening their mailboxes, waiting for the day a snow-flecked owl will deliver … Continue reading

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A Real Superhero Suit? Lockheed Martin Experts Weigh In

With the speed of a hypersonic aircraft, rocket power of a launch vehicle, strength of an armored truck and data-processing power of a supercomputer, today’s superheroes have captured the imagination of millions of fans from every corner of the globe. … Continue reading

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Mashable: Whip those kids into shape

There are many ways that we incorporate pop culture into our lessons and many times we don’t realize it or how it changes the dynamics in the classroom. Here is a PE teacher who is using pop culture to meet … Continue reading

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Putting the “Pop” into Popular History: Pop Culture Videos in the Classroom

By by Benjamin Park Kanye West’s presidential ambitions remind us that American history is full of fun surprises—even if most of them are short-lived and forgettable. Although it’s probably too much of a stretch to make the entertainment of #Kanye2020 relevant to … Continue reading

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