Monthly Archives: March 2015

Why Get Critical About Literacy?

There are many takes on critical literacy. I like this one: Critical literacy is the ability to read text actively in a reflective way to develop a deeper understanding of socially constructed concepts; such as power, inequality and injustice in … Continue reading

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Less Than 10 Minutes To Write

Today I did a ton of writing. I was on my computer most of the day. But it was not the kind of writing one posts to a blog. I wrote for work. I wrote professionally for others. Norbert whined … Continue reading

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The Power & Beauty of One Little Word

  I haven’t written about her yet.  But she moves powerfully as she threads through my psyche. I went to a retreat right before the new year. I hadn’t even heard of sand play before, but I got to try … Continue reading

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Valuing with Accuracy: Seeing myself in the mirror of you.

I have some questions. Consider them with me if you would. Do we know how to value ourselves without the help of others? Whose responsibility is it to be sure we are truly seen? How can we make ourselves understood … Continue reading

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Sharing Strength: Knock Knock

  This spoken poem, “Knock Knock”, by Daniel Beaty will move you. I hope you watch it before you read any further. It’s not long.  In fact it is so engaging, you may want to watch it again. It moves … Continue reading

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Got Water?

I drove up the Coast Highway toward a short getaway in Cambria, California last year between the NCTE conference in Washington DC and Thanksgiving Break. XM Radio playing my favorite music, my thoughts ran between events of the past week … Continue reading

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Thinking About History & Hamilton

So, I’m getting ready to go to this reunion a week from Saturday. (Well, I’m thinking and talking a lot about it.) Today a colleague showed me this video. featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda doing a rap. It’s cool. But what’s cooler … Continue reading

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