Should Students Choose?

Happy new year! Over the holiday break, one of my colleagues sent out a clutch of links followed by a thought-provoking question: Below are a few articles related to my new quandary as an English teacher: Should students choose their own books?  I struggle with forcing a student to read.  I know it too often … Continue reading Should Students Choose?

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On Writing By Hand

Earlier this week, I was working on my requests for rooms for final exams. I've been fortunate to be able to use the computer lab as an "extended time suite" for the past few years, and it's worked well as a large space for many students to test. The computer lab is perfect for most … Continue reading On Writing By Hand

More Summer Adventures: “An American Reader” goes digital

The current textbook for the eleventh-grade English course isn't a textbook at all. Instead, it's a carefully curated collection of images and texts that introduces our students to the history of American literature. All of this was collected by Karen Randall, now-retired head of the English department. It was a labor of love, to be … Continue reading More Summer Adventures: “An American Reader” goes digital

Today’s Adventure: iPad Workshop with Shelley Haven

I'm back in the Flood Mansion for the next two days in a great workshop led by Shelley Haven, a trainer and consultant who focuses on the use of assistive technology. Her two-day workshop will offer special insights for how to use built-in and specialized apps on the iPads to help all learners learn more … Continue reading Today’s Adventure: iPad Workshop with Shelley Haven

Last Week of School: Log your Service Hours!

It's time to log your service hours for the 2012-2013 school year! This week is your last chance to do so before report cards are printed and sent home. Remember, you must complete 100 service hours before graduation. Please let me know if you have any questions. Visit the CSH website here to log your … Continue reading Last Week of School: Log your Service Hours!

Teacher Inservice: What we do when you’re not here

The high school faculties are on campus today for an inservice while all of our students are away enjoying the sunshine. (We'll do the same later, I'm sure.) We're spending the morning sharing knowledge about Google apps and iPad best practices. It's an exciting way to learn: rather than bringing in an outside speaker, Mr. … Continue reading Teacher Inservice: What we do when you’re not here

CSH Service Opportunities!

Many people have been asking me about great summer service opportunities. There are a variety of sites you can check out. First, try the Service Learning page on our own school website, which is linked here. There are many ongoing and one-time service opportunities listed there that could be helpful. For one-time opportunities, see the … Continue reading CSH Service Opportunities!

Mentoring Opportunity: Delta Gems. Apply by December 1st!

Ms. Simpson and I received a message this week from Convent alumna Fatimah Simmons '99 that I'm excited to share with you. Ms. Simmons is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and works with the group's San Francisco alumni chapter, and she is hoping to get the word out about a great mentoring … Continue reading Mentoring Opportunity: Delta Gems. Apply by December 1st!

A Font for Dyslexics?

Many thanks to CSH Computer Science Department Chair Tracy Sena for this link! Ms. Sena sent me an interesting video from a Dutch research group that claims to have developed a "font for dyslexics," which they've (affectionately? oddly?) named "Dyslexie." The video that accompanies the release is compelling: it talks about how dyslexics perceive letters … Continue reading A Font for Dyslexics?