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Can a text be inherently worth reading, even if it wilts your soul?

Calling all readers! Bring your friends, bring your students, and answer this simple question in the comments. (This is a great warm-up activity for your students, by the way.) Do you agree with the following statement? “If some curriculum guide you were handed says ‘This Text Was Deemed To Be Close Reading Worthy’ but you […]

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What are you struggling with in your classroom right now?

This post is short and simple andĀ mega important. September is behind us, and the school year is officially in warp speed mode. Looking back on your first month or so of school, I have a big question for you. What are you struggling with in your classroom right now? I’ve been plugging along myself with […]

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Starting the Year with Debate

The 4th week of school is over, and debate is about to start in my classroom–and yet, we’ve already had two debates. Here’s the thing: to build argumentative ballers over the course of the year, I’m experimenting with a new idea this year: start slow. And so I’ve actually started debates this year without actually […]

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