Education Policy, In the Classroom, Uncategorized

MyOn: A Review

Bottom Line: The children's e-book site MyOn is enjoyable, in the way a bowl of sugary cereal is. There are reasons to be cautious about it.    MyOn promises to spread literacy by offering any kid with an internet connection access to more than 20,000 books. But how does it stack up?    Every review… Continue reading MyOn: A Review

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What happens when you let students and teachers be free?

Lately, there has been a switch from English classes focused on critical readings, mini-lessons and writing workshops to standardized composition courses. My latest visit with my former English teacher left me with a palatable sense that he feels his freedom is gone and he's now trapped. The times when he would scour first his home… Continue reading What happens when you let students and teachers be free?

In the Classroom, Legal Stuff!

What is the foundation of your job?

It's important to have existential crises sometimes. When authors come and use a sledgehammer on society's institutions, it makes me wonder: What is the foundation for my work? What can be stripped from it and still be recognizable? In The Trial, Franz Kafka presents us with a simple premise: What if someone got arrested without… Continue reading What is the foundation of your job?