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More Room to Write
When conferring, I am learning to let the student lead me to their areas of need through the natural course of conversation. I practice listening so that I might respond with a question that a) I am naturally curious about (this is a conversation after all)...

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Letters from our pen pals in Ethiopia have arrived! 
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When did you start enjoying writing?
When did you start enjoying writing? One of my new students wrote this question to me on a form modeled after an exercise I borrowed from educator Lee Ann Spillane: What strikes me about the question is that I have an answer beyond a basic "Oh, I have alway...

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Reading the World: 8. Argentina
German artist Johann Moritz Rugendas travelled South America to paint. While crossing Chile and Argentina, he suffers injuries during a storm on horseback which render him grotesque. Once recovered, he continues to sketch and record the landscape. Soon, one...

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Reading the World: 7. Australia
from The Arrival, by Shaun Tan Immigration has become a topic of great interest to me--and feels very much like a life-long interest. Immigration, tied in with culture and family, comprise the bones of the story. Tan writes about his experience developing T...

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Reading the World: 6. Angola
Credit: Angolan contemporary artist: Atonio Ole As I read, I jot down observations and questions, or I research current headlines written about the country at hand. Caught up in the charm of Ondjaki's The Whistler , I did not stop to write anything. The ple...

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Reading the World: 5. Albania
Adrian Limani, flourished bulb What happens when you read a novel "hailed as one of the world's greatest living writers" (according to the bookjacket) and you struggle finding anyway "in"... You don't put it down even thought the little voice inside your he...

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Reading the World, #4: Armenia
Credit: The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute An eyewitness account of the butchering and slaughter of Armenians by the Young Turks, Armenian Golgotha sickened me as much as it informed me.  The challenge in reading accounts of epic atrocities is being lef...

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More than just us
Fred Quattrone In Episode 6 of the I Remember podcast Fred Quattrone discusses where his love of family came from and the implication of keeping the extended family together today.  A particular highlight of this episode is Fred's recounting of a Quattrone ...

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Reading the World: 2. Algeria
Algeria, by Dana Kyndrova Forgiveness can only ever be shared. Regret can only ever be owned.  What the Day Owes the Night , by Yasmina Khadra takes its place among the most meaningful novels I have read in a long while. The note on the first page of the no...
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