Category Archives: Teaching

Kindness Matters Everyday

Random Acts of Kindness Day was first created in Denver, Colorado, in 1995 by a small nonprofit organization, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK). Nine years later it spread to New Zealand. Now, it often gets national recognition as World Kindness Day or National Random Acts of Kindness Day®. This year, we celebrate Random…
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Honoring Identities Due Out in November

I am happy to announce that I have a book coming out in November. Published by Rowman and Littlefield, Honoring Identities argues that creating culturally responsive learning communities is a process which begins with building community, cultivating certain student and teacher dispositions, nurturing social justice, leveraging the power of talk and dialogic exchange, using Cultural…
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Wishing Things into Being through Writing

Say the word poetry, and many cringe, connecting their aversion to school room experiences that required dissecting a poem for its hidden meaning.  But April, which is National Poetry Month, offers an opportunity to see poetry from another angle.  When I taught high school English, I often began a poetry unit by asking the question:…
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Recipe for Success

Around the holidays, I often think of food—perhaps because there is an abundance of food served to celebrate family gatherings or perhaps because holidays feature menu items that aren’t everyday fare—treats like cheesy potatoes, shrimp cocktail, and prime rib or peanut brittle, frosted cut-out cookies, and pecan pie. Foods also connect us to culture, so…
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