. . . We Wonder about Our College Students
Are American Students Grossly Unprepared for College?
. . . We've Been Thinking and Learning about Formative Assessment
#nctechat February 16: Formative Assessment That Truly Informs Instruction
. . . We Value the Teaching of Reading
Teaching Idea: In 360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing, author Eileen Murphy Buckley challenges us to "rebrand poetry as a really good academic writing activity as opposed to a fun thing to do after testing in the spring." In this chapter, she demonstrates how poetry offers an opportunity to model the move from a close reading to compelling conversations that then lead to academic writing. Of particular interest are the student handouts to help in both summarizing and making claims.
Getting Started with Questions of Text Complexity
. . . Challenges to Texts Fascinate and Amaze Us -- We Want to Be Prepared
Download the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's Banned Books Week Handbook.
High School Literary List Causes Kerfuffle with Parents
. . . We Like to Read What Our Colleagues Write
Teaching with Our Doors Open: Professional Transparency as Acts of Resistance
Sarcasm, Scarlett Johansson, and Why Machines Should Never Grade Student Writing
Another Great Georgia Teacher: Her Classroom Hums with Activity
Voting on NCTE's 2014 Resolutions Begins This Week
Members attending the Annual Business Meeting during the NCTE Convention in November approved three resolutions:
Later this week the NCTE membership will have the opportunity to decide if these resolutions should become official Council policies by participating in a ratification vote. Watch your email for the ballot and cast your votes!
Free Web Seminar Dec. 10: Game Design for Literacy Learning
What do game-based learning strategies look like when applied to literacy teaching and learning? The National Center for Literacy Education and the Institute of Play are teaming up to find out! Join a free Web seminar on December 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m. EST, to explore the power of games and game design in literacy education.
What's on Your Reading List?
If you're looking for things to read over the holidays, see select articles from the December issues of Voices from the Middle, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, and College Composition and Communication journals from NCTE. Members also have access to all NCTE journals two years old and older.
Submit a Petition to Add Candidates to the 2015 Ballot
January 10 is the deadline for submitting a petition to add candidates to the 2015 NCTE ballot. The NCTE Constitution states that additional names for trustees of the NCTE Research Foundation, representatives-at-large, members of the next NCTE Nominating Committee, and Section Steering and Nominating Committee members may be added.
Help Shape the Future Leadership of CCCC
The 2015 CCCC Nominating Committee would like to invite you to submit nominations for the posts of Assistant Chair, Secretary, the Executive Committee, and the 2016 Nominating Committee. Further information about the CCCC elections process and responsibilities associated with each position is available on the CCCC website. The deadline for submitting nominations is February 20. Questions?
High School Teachers of Excellence Honored at 2014 Convention
Nineteen classroom teachers were named High School Teachers of Excellence by their state NCTE affiliates in 2014 and presented with their awards during the Annual Convention in November. The complete list of honorees can be found on the NCTE website. May 1 is the deadline for affiliates to submit names of their 2015 winners.
Wheadon Scholarship Provides Postgraduate Training
Check out this featured position from NCTE's Career Opportunities page! Anyone can browse, and posting open positions is free to NCTE members.
Teachers of English in Tokyo
University graduates needed to teach English in Tokyo to corporations, government agencies, and schools (elementary and junior high). Annual contracts include paid vacations and medical insurance, with salaries ranging from $30,000 to $40,000 annually. All classes are taught with texts and learning materials in English. Assistance with housing. Immediate openings available throughout 2015 (send resume).
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