The Power of Peer Review

By on September 16, 2013
The Power of Peer Review

I've had some pretty magical moments as a teacher, but one of the coolest experiences I had was in my Creative Writing elective class.

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We’re Engaged! or 3 Must-Do Strategies to Move from Compliance to Engagement

I guarantee, if you’re anything like me, you’ve been there before. Maybe it was during your undergrad. Maybe during your credential program. Maybe it’s been at (dare I say it?) a professional development seminar. You’re sitting there watching a bunch of projected slides, with a bunch of handouts in front of you. You nod when you’re supposed to.

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Investigative Reading, the 2012 Election, and My Freshmen: A True Story

I’m pretty passionate about teaching literacy skills. But it’s not just because of the warm, fuzzy feelings it gives me to know I’m impacting the learning of my students. If I’m gonna be real, one of the main reasons I’m so focused on having my students read widely and think critically about texts is so they grow up to be informed voters.

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Academic Summary and Small Groups

Summary writing is easy. Yep. That's what I thought, until I had to teach it. Turns out, my students, even my honors and AP kids, were having a tough time writing summaries of the content they'd just learned. Many assumed that "just changing a couple words" from a direct quote meant they had summarized the lesson.

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