Posts by Susan Davis

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Tomorrow Isn’t Tomorrow, It’s Today

As educators, we see ourselves as preparing children of today for their own tomorrows. Thus, we must face an urgent obligation to stare down that future and figure out what it means for our current practice.

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6th-Graders Have Their Say: Why Students Value Blogging

I introduced blogging to my sixth-graders because I believe it is the most authentic way to teach our students how to write, and I feel enormously gratified that my students themselves recognize how much they have learned through blogging. There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the best tools we can use to help grow writers of the future.

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Blogging Basics: This Is How We Roll

I can think of no better way to teach writing skills in an authentic context. Blogging makes writing matter for today’s learners; and, besides, it’s fun.

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Infographics as Assessments for Nonfiction Reading

This past weekend, my step-daughter Emily, who works in the field of non-profit fundraising, asked me out of the blue, "Do you you ever teach your students about infographics?" I beamed with pride as I showed off my students' hard work.

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Overcoming the English Teacher Tech Blues

I have never minded the messiness of learning that sometimes comes with using technology. I have never believed in a right answer to interpreting a poem or a right way to write an essay, so I’ve never really been frightened by the vastness of interpretation that populates the Internet. Instead, I’m excited by the expanding universe of literature, reading, writing, and language.

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Christmas Carol: Blended Learning Opportunities

This year, Susan Lucille Davis shook things up a bit and explored Dickens’s story by blending a number of venues, both online and face-to-face, that we use to learn today: performance, reading and discussion, interactive games, research, and experience.