Maybe you’ve seen the new generation of automated essay grading software, as discussed in The New York Times. These computerized essay scoring programs are plagued with problems, but I am intrigued by the idea of using grading software as a peer-editing option. Perhaps the computer’s algorithms could help identify glaring weak spots in an essay, […]

I’m always on the prowl for engaging news stories that will give my high school English students access to high-quality writing on topics that will actually hold their interest. It’s not easy. Continue reading

In a perfect world, class sizes would be capped at 12 kids. Teachers would lead two or three classes a day and ample time would be given to reflect on students’ work, tailor individualized paths of improvement, and prep exciting lessons for the next school day. Continue reading