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Pausing for Poetry with Brett Vogelsinger

I have talked before about how Brett Vogelsinger’s work with finding ways to bring more poetry in the language arts classroom and use poetry beyond the classic poetry explications or once-or-twice-a-year freewrites has been transformational to my practice.  This last week, Vogelsinger’s long-anticipated (at least for me) book Poetry Pauses was released, and I am…

Building a Sequoia Root System

The largest tree in the world is the sequoia redwood, coming in at upwards of 2,600,000 pounds and heights taller than a football field. It follows that a tree that big must have an enormous root system to stay upright, especially in the face of the earthquakes, forest fires, and atmospheric rivers of California, right?…

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Matt has written several books and articles about teaching. He has also been featured on various podcasts.