Inquiry-Based Curriculum

In January, I co-wrote a grant with two local teachers, Esther Koers-Hansen and Cate Dossetti. We proposed a two year partnership between the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project and Fresno High, focusing specifically on inquiry-based curriculum. Since our project received funding, a group of teachers met about a month ago …

Process: Not Another Formula

In my Methods class, we’ve started to explore how to teach writing. For Monday’s class, my students read an article by Arthur Applebee and Judith Langer, “What’s New in the Teaching of Writing.” The authors summarize research over the last 30 or so years connected to writing instruction. One of …

Lessons Learned

This semester I decided to try using a wiki in my upper-division, English-Education-major class: Literacy Studies. To put it mildly, the assignment floundered, used up a lot of face-to-face class time, and eventually worked mildly well. However, I asked my students A LOT of questions during the assignment, reflected a …

SJVWP Teacher on TV

Get up early-ish tomorrow and watch Education Nation (with Brian Williams). Fresno High School teacher and SJVWP Teacher Consultant, Cate Dossetti will be one of the teachers present and (I hope) interviewed. She is a fantastic teacher who is articulate and intelligent; she’ll represent teachers well.

Flow

Over the last few days, I’ve been reading a book by Michael W. Smith and Jeffrey D. Wilhelm called “Reading Don’t Fix No Chevys”: Literacy in the Lives of Young Men. It’s a really interesting book on a number of levels, but one of the most important concepts I’ve gained …