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Ben Bleckley
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2016-2017 Anthem
It's been a tough year moving from rural Oregon to inner-city Denver.  Tougher than I expected. More on that to come.  For now, here's my anthem from this last year, "Runnin' Just in Case" by Miranda Lambert.

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Students and Social Media
This is why I use social media with my students: a research essay is due at midnight tonight.  I just spent 20 minutes in a direct message helping a student organize her main points so she could work past some writer's block.

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My introduction #clmooc  

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Grading the Writing Process
My department team was planning our standard alignment plans - basically figuring out what standards from the Common Core we'd cover each year and each semester a student is in high school.  The rest of my department (which is filled with brilliant educator...

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A Case for Balancing the High School Literature Curriculum - Part I
I went into college with grandiose plans of taking a separate class each for Chaucer, Milton, and Shakespeare.  I was going to be a English major and then become a teacher.  Because, after all, "Teaching is just presenting information enthusiastically," my ...

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New Year Resolutions
As winter break approached, I noticed that I had become complacent with some areas of my practice.  I don't think that this is the complacency that comes with too many years of experience 1 .  I think this is the complacency that comes with figuring out how...

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Book Club Meeting #1
The first section of reading in students' book club books should be complete before class tomorrow along with a punctuation prompt on the first section of reading.

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Monsters
by Anonymous Remember the stories of the monsters in the basement? Some of them you might know as the boogeyman, or something else. What if I told you they’re real? They don’t like to be seen that's why they hide in the darkest parts of the house. As a chil...

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Young Adult Literature Database
Way back in 2006, I announced a wiki that was going to catalog Young Adult Literature with helpful information for teachers, modeled after an assignment in my Adolescent Literature class at Colorado State University . Which is cool and all (at least, I thou...

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How to Use Your Summer for Lesson Planning
The National Writing Project is putting on a Connected Learning MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) this summer. I first learned about Connected Learning through an #engchat on Twitter led by Seecantrill .  So far, as I understand it, Connected Learning uses ...
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