Updating Fahrenheit 451: How do you turn it into a modern-day comic book?

Fahrenheit 451 is undoubtedly on the top of my lists of greatest books of all time.  The novel was probably one of the reason’s why I became an English teacher, due, in great part, to the way it was taught by my freshman-year English teacher, Kevin Brewner (now retired). Last year, I crafted a rather Read More …

Why do *I* have to facilitate discussion? Facilitating book talks that start with student inquiry #uiwp2012 #PBLchat

When I started the year, I had 56 students in one of my sections and 50-some in another.  (Want to try your hand at trying to manage that classroom on the first week?)  As the year goes on, my classes get smaller, due to our transient student body at my school — kids move, transfer Read More …

structured group time + authentic audience = spawn of impromptu student debates

I’ve got over 30 recorded minutes of an un-prompted, un-facilitated (probably more like 45+ minute) student debate that spawned out of my classroom today.  I only interacted to wave at a voice recorder that I set down at the table.  I noticed that something had started as one group turned around to talk to another Read More …