Grading Discussions

Dear Sarah, Do you ever just grade students on discussion? Sincerely, Grading Discussions Dear Grading Discussions, The quick answer is, “yes, I have graded students on discussion.” Discussion is, after all, embedded in our state standards. But I’ve become incredibly...

Channeling Patience

Dear Sarah, How long do I stay patient? It’s year nine of a second career. Not sure. Sincerely, Channeling Patience Dear Channeling Patience, Patience is tough business. I get it. There’s this fine line between practicing patience and being passive in the value of our...

Advanced Degree or Not?

Dear Sarah, I have a question. Why should I pursue a master’s degree? I mean, it’s nice to have but in the end it’s not that much difference in my pay. Sincerely, Advanced Degree or Not? Dear Advanced Degree or Not, There have been two times I’ve had to ask myself...

Bringing Out Student Ideas

Dear Sarah, Hey super lady! My co-worker and I are hoping to find new ways to bring out student ideas when they’re writing. What do you do or what do you use? Do you have any professional development suggestions or resources to point us toward? Help! Sincerely,...

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