The coolest part about tomorrow: partnerships showing strength and growing @DNTHS

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness project

After school today, students from both of my double-block periods came together to put together a plan to run the interview with Cobe Williams tomorrow.  Just like last year, they are in charge of facilitating.  Despite coming from different project groups and periods, we had a very productive discussion on the expectations, logistics and discussion Read More …

The Writing Revolution: Dealing with the bitterness

I spent a lot of time thinking about writing today.  The University of Illinois Writing Project held its fall miniconference.  While I was not presenting, it has been a good time to put new lenses on my writing instruction. Earlier in the week, I was prompted by a Tweet to think more about what some writing Read More …

@DNTHS students’ reflections on presenting at #ICE12

This morning, I published a YouTube video on some of my students’ experiences presenting at the 2012 Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) Conference.  While not the first time presenting myself at a conference, this certainly was the first time I was working a state-wide event… and really any professional event with students.  Sure, I’ve been an Read More …

DvNewTech sophomores prepare to moderate interview with Alex Kotlowitz, producer of The Interrupters

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness project

After announcing early in the week that we might have a Skype interview with someone related to The Interrupters documentary, there was almost a new-found dedication to our gangs project.  (Well, more importantly to me as an English teacher, students started putting a little more effort into the first draft of their essays.) I announced the this morning Read More …

DvNT sophomores’ first steps to student empowerment: bringing The Interrupters to town

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness project

This was no regular meeting with the principal.  I had a yellow legal pad and was trying to keep up with the sparks of fresh ideas or next steps.  Proposals, artifacts and research passed across the big desk.  Impacts on the community were discussed.  Monetary costs were considered.  At first, the legal pad might suggest Read More …