• Dear Dr. D',
  • Dear Dr. Louis,

    I just wanted to say thank you for continuing Jane's vision, message, and programs.

  • Dear Dr. D',

  • I work with teachers everyday, some of the greatest minds in the world. I'm not talking about celebrities; I'm talking about everyday teachers. And something that I would like us to do is to stop allowing students to address us only as "Miss" or "Mister." Maybe this is not a problem in your region of the United States, but in the South, instead of students calling us by our names, like Ms. Vaughn or Mr. Nicholson or Dr. Patton, students will just say, "Miss" or "Mister." For example, "Miss, where do I put this paper?"

  • "I only ask to be free." - Charles Dickens

    Our thoughts and prayers go to our friends, the Parisians. We're here for you.

  • Finish Scoring the one-chunk body paragraph and the process from Independent Writing last week. Do not score only the final product; you must score the process to demonstrate to students that the process at this stage in their writing acument is key. They will not value it if you do not value it -- literally. In fact, the process for me would be 70% and the final paragraph would be 30%. Think summative assessment. Remember, you spent four-and-a-half weeks preparing them for that writing. In my opinion, it should be one of your test grades for this six weeks or quarter.

  • Dear Dr. D',

    I wanted to get your comments on a  prompt that I will use on Friday with my Honors students.  They read a creation myth about good vs. evil and the need for both in order to create balance in the world.  Below is the prompt I plan to use. 


  • Now that school is underway, and you've taken time to introduce to students the functions of sentences in an academic paragraph, the time has come to gradually release the responsibility to them. For this week, you are going to have the students do paired writing and independent writing.

  • I like to begin teaching archetypes with the fairy tale. One of my favorite fairy tales is "Sleeping Beauty."

  • Now, you are ready to WRITE WITH THE STUDENTS. You are going to lead this dynamic endeavor. Rest up, because this is hard but rewarding work. Decide which prompt you would like to use. Last week, I divided the S&S into the four modes of discourse. This week, however, you are going to stay with that mode and determine the prompt you will use. Some ideas -- if you were using one of our models, simply work through the second half of the passage with a collaborative approach. If you used one of your own models, try to stay with the same article or issue.