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Save the Creative Writing Program at CFPA

The Creative Writing concentration at the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) has been eliminated. It was one of the few four-year high school creative writing programs in the country. We are reaching out to local members of the community as well as to national writers and educators to help us spread the word and gather support to have this concentration reinstated. Sign the petition! Share the Tumblr post.

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Why Common Core Standards Will Succeed

National, state, and local opinion-makers in the business of school reform know that what matters is not evidence, not research studies, not past experiences with similar reforms–what matters is the appearance of success.
Larry Cuban
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Advanced eBook-ing

I’ve been looking more closely at my options as a reader who sometimes prefers reading digitally. There are a few problems I’ve been trying to solve lately.

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Sugata Mitra Wants to Build a School in the Cloud

Similar ideas have been floating around the edublogosphere for a while, but this is a compelling talk. The immediate takeaway for me goes back to the coyote teaching method, or Dan Meyer‘s tagline of “be less helpful”–provide incentive, stimulate curiosity, give encouragement, and provide only the essential help, and only as necessary. Then let students […]

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Flipped Classrooms and Full Plates

Stumbled across this infographic about “flipped classrooms” today. Nice enough. I’m still not sure how I feel about the concept of the flipped classroom … or at least, its typical implementation. My major concern is the assumptions made about students’ time. If a student is taking seven courses, and all seven teachers decide to “flip,” […]

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Abigail Larson’s All Hallow’s Read Artwork

Abigail Larson is a graduate of VCU and has been finding success with her artwork since around 2009. I recently stumbled across her work on Tumblr, and she quickly became one of my favorite artists. This is her artwork celebrating All Hallow’s Read, the “new tradition” Neil Gaiman started in 2010 of giving someone a […]

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Free Audiobook from Neil Gaiman and Audible

Neil Gaiman and Audible.com are offering a free audiobook of Gaiman’s story “Click-Clack the Rattlebag.” Audible will also donate $1 to DonorsChoose.org for every download before Halloween.

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Assessment =/= Measurement

Alfie Kohn: We’ve forgotten that assessment doesn’t require measurement, and, moreover, that the most valuable forms of assessment are often qualitative A good teacher knows, within a few months of working closely with students, where their strengths are and where they need to improve. And this can be known without any “quantitative measurements.” But the […]

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A Brief History of Monsters

Weird Fiction Review has posted a short essay by Theodora Goss that provides an excellent overview of our changing understanding of and reaction to monsters.

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Expectations of the Weird

Show me something I won’t see walking down the street, or through a forest, or swimming in the sea, but…leave me with the suspicion I could be very mistaken about what I might encounter. Instill in me that sense of a cosmos hopelessly beyond my ability to comprehend.
Caitlín R. Kiernan

From a brief but interesting interview on Weird Fiction Review with author Caitlín R. Kiernan. She has other interesting things to say about the importance of mystery in weird fiction, about the real significance of Lovecraft, about the evolution of her own work, and about the works of others she was influenced by and recommends.

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