Book Suggestion

Yesterday, I worked with students at Berg VGS here in Oslo; Karianne had asked me to introduce students in two of her classes to immigrant literature. I started out with a chapter from Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street, “Geraldo No Last Name.” Stories by Cisneros are included in …

Double Entry Journals

I’m about to share one of the best “tricks” I have as a teacher: the double entry journal (DEJ). Over the years, I’ve noticed that sometimes students don’t prepare for class. They don’t do the assigned reading or they do it on a cursory level without really engaging with the …

Graphic Representations

One of my favorite activities to help students understand and interpret poetry is the graphic representation. I usually do this activity when my students’ energy starts to lag just a little . . . it may be right before a holiday or in the middle of a semester. We’ve already …

Pre-Reading Activity

When I moved to California, I had to take a reading class in order to get a teaching credential. I enrolled at California State University, Long Beach and went to class there one night a week after I’d finished a full day of teaching. Luckily, my professor knew her audience …

Stamps

My friend Deborah Dean describes a great writing assignment in her book Strategic Writing. As I’ve talked to teachers here in Norway, I’ve thought about an interesting adaptation for foreign language teachers. A number of teachers that I’ve met here in Norway ask their students to do a research report …

SII 2008

We’ve just finished the first week of the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project’s Summer Invitational Institute (SII) 2008. It’s been such a great week. Imagine a group of accomplished, intelligent, generous, kind, collaborative teachers–that’s what we have this year. Each of our 14 fellows has already contributed so much. From …