Guest Post via @dr_riina: The power of the right read…

Reading had been the foundation of our learning relationship and after I read her journal entry, rather than trying to formulate a response, I reached for what I hoped would be the right read: such a pretty girl by Laura Wiess (a powerful, moving, and somewhat disturbing read about a teenage girl with a predatory parent and oblivious mother that ends rather violently).

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Guest Post via @dr_riina: What real learning looks like…

can sometimes surprise me. I have a student, Stan, who is a self-admitted lazy person.  This kid is SMART.  Like what-are-you-doing-in-my-class-instead-of-advanced-English smart.  He writes well, reads well, thinks abstractly, and does most of the work. But he is lazy.  He often turns in work that minimally meets the requirements, represents superficial thinking, or is illegible. […]

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