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Readings for a New Semester (Part 1 of 3)

    This is the first post of a three-part series. Image courtesy of  .christoph.G.      As we start a new school year, I wanted to share and discuss essays that are helping me plan and organize my classes for Fall 2016, and making me think about what I’m doing with our one-text curriculum. First, Christa Baiada’s 2014 article, “‘Are We Gonna Read All That?’:…

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Tough Standards and Nurture: Can They Coexist?

Recently, I read a post on The Chronicle from Charlotte Kent about her insistence that students meet high standards of professionalism and academic rigor in her classroom. She believes that this attitude is key to solving a gap in skills between high school expectations and college-level ones. If students are to become ready for the professional world, she reasons, they need to learn how to…

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