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The Best Laid Plans: Literary Analysis vs. Expository

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | August 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. D’ I am a high school English teacher, and because the Writing section of Common Core does not list Literature, I am expected to teach non-fiction for writing purposes. Students need to learn and write about the classics! …

SCOPE AND SEQUENCE (Week One): The Diagnostic Writing Sample

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | August 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

I am constantly being asked for a Scope and Sequence, and I’ve always been reticent to provide one, because I want teachers to have flexibility. Sometimes, an entity will put out a Curriculum, and then it becomes mandatory and leaves …

Inference: Unlocking the Prison Door to Close Reading Strategies

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | June 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. D’, My 10th grade American Literature students just don’t get it. I mean, when they are reading a fictional piece or a non-fictional piece, they don’t know how to infer. They don’t know how to look deeper into …

Seat-based Versus Competency-based Learning

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Deborah E. Louis, Ph.D. With technology and especially online learning, the idea of competency-based education is a viable option and may be best used in a blended learning environment. Blended learning is an idea that may offer more time …

Meta-cognition and Jane

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. D’,   I was talking to an administrator who was not understanding why the students were struggling to write even when they were given graphic organizers and step-by-step instructions on what to do (“Read the prompt, brainstorm, plan/outline, …

Jane’s Diction

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sometimes, people send me emails from Jane that I like to share–they are treasures, nuggets. I’m calling this series Jane’s Diction. What is so special about the following words by Jane is that they are from an email that she sent …

“There Are Years That Ask Questions and Years That Answer”: How to Improve Commentary Through the WOW Sheets

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. D’, The confusion I’m having now that you might be able to help me with has to do with how deep to have [my students] go on the WOW sheet in the bubbles. Some students seem to write …

Rules for Teachers in 1872–A Whole New Meaning to Teacher Appreciation!

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dear Teachers, For Teacher Appreciation Week, I thought I would share with you a document that one of my favorite English teachers gave me when I became a teacher.  My, how times have changed! RULES FOR TEACHERS–1872 Teachers each day …

Graduation Speech Given by Jane C. Schaffer – June 15, 2001

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | April 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

This speech is from Jane’s papers.  It is in our nature as human beings to reminisce at times like this, and I am no exception.  I have a stern face but a soft heart, and  I would like to give …

Formulaic Writing: A Cup of Clarity and a Pinch of Pedagogy

By Dr. Deborah E. Louis | April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. D’, What do I say to people who say that the Jane Schaffer® methodology is formulaic. Elizabeth Dear Elizabeth: Wouldn’t the world be wonderful if all students felt comfortable and fluid in writing academic essays? The simple truth is that …