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Rethinking the Persuasive Research Paper: Combating Fake News, Media Bias and Polarization of Ideas Through Teaching Media Literacy and Researching Opposing Sides

Rethinking the Persuasive Research Paper: Combating Fake News, Media Bias and Polarization of Ideas Through Teaching Media Literacy and Researching Opposing Sides

November 3, 2018

The author argues that in order to create a more cohesive, compassionate, and educated society, students must be taught to use objective, reliable sources in studying multiple perspectives on an issue. Students...

If You Build It: Classroom Libraries Create a Nation of Readers

If You Build It: Classroom Libraries Create a Nation of Readers

October 21, 2018

One of my favorite Edu-Twitter moments from the past summer was witnessing, in real time, the emphatic and unified voice of American libraries and readers in response to an ill-conceived Forbes opinion...

Homecoming

Homecoming

October 7, 2018

There’s toilet paper streaming from the trees in my front yard, chalk paint covering car windows all over town, and long-lost familiar faces wandering the streets. It’s homecoming season. First the...

A Dying Wish

A Dying Wish

October 7, 2018

A Dying Wish Inspired by Ray Bradbury’s, “All Summer in a Day” Annabel was more tired than she had ever thought possible, and yet she had done nothing to cause her to feel this way. She had woken...

Two Poems: 'Keokuk to Fairfield' and 'On the Edge of August'

Two Poems: ‘Keokuk to Fairfield’ and ‘On the Edge of August’

September 23, 2018

KEOKUK TO FAIRFIELD Passing beige, darker brown and black Corderoy nubbled cornfields Sliding by on my far left And near right, Grooved into a Lee County 218 North, January Iowa late morning. Red...

Dear Extraordinary Child

Dear Extraordinary Child

September 9, 2018

Dear Extraordinary Child: It is difficult to be an extraordinary child in a world that not only accepts, but celebrates mediocrity. In a nation where we measure academic achievement with BASIC skills...

First Days: Capitalizing on the Start of School

First Days: Capitalizing on the Start of School

August 20, 2018

Several years ago, I began thinking more intentionally about the first day with students. I used to begin with introductions or ice breakers (which largely fell flat, especially near the end of the day)...

Eight Steps to Being Great as a New Publications Adviser

Eight Steps to Being Great as a New Publications Adviser

August 6, 2018

You’ve been hired to advise a high school publication. Now what? Taking over the publication of a school newspaper or yearbook can be a daunting task, especially when you are the only member of the...

A Satirical Look at the Experience of a New Teacher

A Satirical Look at the Experience of a New Teacher

May 27, 2018

First Year Teacher Survives Ruthless Hazing From Students and Colleagues ATLANTIC, IA- First-year teacher Nora Walker has survived a year of merciless hazing carried out by students and colleagues as...

'Classic American Scene' and Other Verses

‘Classic American Scene’ and Other Verses

May 20, 2018

Classic American Scene                                             after Louis Simpson It’s a classic American scene— snow is dusting the lawns surrounding...

Day 1 Devotional

Day 1 Devotional

May 13, 2018

Day 1 Listen James 1:19-21  “You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore...

The NCTE Doublespeak Award

The NCTE Doublespeak Award

May 6, 2018

I first heard of the Doublespeak Award in an applied linguistics class at UNI. The award, developed by the NCTE Public Language Committee in 1974, is “an ironic tribute to public speakers who have perpetuated...

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