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Hey, Kids! Your Twitter Is Showing!

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Although I use Twitter every day for a steady stream of information, articles, advice, and positive communication, I see many students using Twitter as a form of instant messaging system, constantly sharing impulses, ideas, and complaints, usually without filtering very much.

I have a hunch that most students don’t realize how public their tweets really are. Tweets are very easy…

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Added by Gary Anderson on December 12, 2013 at 6:30pm — 34 Comments

Review: SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR by Matthew Quick

Sorta Like a Rock Star Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Amber Appleton’s life could be considered miserable. She is homeless…

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Added by Gary Anderson on March 12, 2013 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

See You at Harry's? Yes!

A book like See You at Harry’s reminds us of the absolute pleasure of becoming immersed in a terrific read. Author Jo Knowles leads us to empathize with her characters, engages us in a narrative that pulls us through in ways that render true the cliché “I couldn’t put it down,” and then leaves us with the stark knowledge that tricky currents…

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Added by Gary Anderson on October 23, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Summer Reading: Two Marriages Plus "Quiet"

The Fremd school sign says, “Summer is a great time to read books.” I completely agree, but really any time is a great time for a book! Here are the books I read this summer:

• Paula McLain: The Paris Wife

• Mark Siegel: Sailor Twain

• Ame Dyckman: Boy + Bot

• K. L. Going: Dog in Charge

• Kelly Bingham: Z is for Moose

• Katherine Applegate: The One and Only Ivan

• Susanna Childress: Entering the…

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Added by Gary Anderson on August 25, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Review: SEE YOU AT HARRY’S by Jo Knowles

A book like See You at Harry’s reminds us of the absolute pleasure of becoming immersed in a terrific read. Author Jo Knowlesleads us to empathize with her characters, engages us in a narrative that pulls us through in ways that render true the cliché “I couldn’t put it down,” and then leaves us with the stark knowledge that tricky currents…

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Added by Gary Anderson on April 27, 2012 at 2:32pm — 3 Comments

Writers Week XVIII and Community

Although it might be too soon to validly reflect on…

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Added by Gary Anderson on March 17, 2012 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Review: WINTERTOWN by Stephen Emond

Wintertown by Stephen Emond take place over a winter break as high school seniors and childhood friends Evan and Lucy try to become reacquainted. Lucy moved away when her parents divorced,…

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Added by Gary Anderson on December 26, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Up Front Opinions: What Should We Call THOSE Kids?

This issue may be trivial, but it’s been gnawing at me for a while. When we separate students into English classes based on ability, scores, clout, or any objective or subjective measure, what should we call the classes and the students in those classes—Accelerated, Advanced, Honors, Regular, Remedial? I have a suspicion that the labels we choose may reveal our subconscious attitudes toward…

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Added by Gary Anderson on October 18, 2011 at 7:00pm — 9 Comments

“And Summer Was Gone”: Off-Season Baseball Reading

It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most,…

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Added by Gary Anderson on September 29, 2011 at 7:43pm — 1 Comment

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