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Sheila Sims Iding - I AM a Writer (They made us say this during class.  I liked the sound of it.)

June 30, 2011

This summer I have been honored to be part of the Red Cedar Writing…

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Added by Sheila Sims Iding on August 5, 2011 at 9:34pm — No Comments

MCTE is searching for two new eMET editors.

The Michigan Council of Teachers of English is searching for two new eMET editors. Our editors serve on the MCTE executive committee and are in charge of the electronic newsletter that we publish and email to our membership. Those interested should be energetic, creative, and have some experience in publishing. The newsletter is created in InDesign and is uploaded to our award-winning ning when completed. The new editors will work collaboratively to set deadlines, edit and format the…

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Added by Jennifer Swisher-Carroll on August 1, 2011 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Conference Proposals Due August 5

There are only a few days left to submit a proposal for the MCTE fall conference "Revitalizing the Dream, Renewing Our Spirit." Please click here for more details.

Added by Jennifer Swisher-Carroll on July 28, 2011 at 3:13pm — No Comments

The Absurduty of Testing Young Children...a prominent researcher responds

This excellent article was posted by Valerie Strauss on her blog The Answer Sheet every day by bookmarking http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet.

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 07/19/2011

Why giving standardized tests to young children is ‘really dumb’

By Valerie…

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Added by Toby Kahn-Loftus on July 24, 2011 at 11:50am — No Comments

Latest Michigan Youth Arts Newsletter

Latest newsletter.

 

 

Added by Kia Jane Richmond on July 22, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Want to Get More Involved in the Michigan Council of Teachers of English?

If you are looking for a great way to get involved, network with fabulous people, and make a difference for English/Language Arts professionals in Michigan, we have an opportunity for you!

 

The Michigan Council of Teachers of English is searching for two energetic, dedicated individuals to fill current openings on our executive board. The positions are Elementary School Section Chair and…

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Added by Jennifer Swisher-Carroll on July 15, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Norman Mailer Writing Award for H.S. Teachers - $10,000 cash prize+ from Norman Mailer Center/NCTE

The Norman Mailer Center and the National Council of Teachers of English are pleased to invite submissions for the 2011 Norman Mailer Writing Award for High School Teachers. Full- and part-time high school teachers are eligible to enter the competition.  2011 Norman Mailer Writing Award for High School Teachers 



From five finalists, one…

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Added by Kia Jane Richmond on June 25, 2011 at 10:45am — No Comments

Here is the link to Governor Snyder's "Special Message on Education Reform" http://www.michigan.gov/documents/snyder/SpecialMessageonEducationReform_351586_7.pdf   It's very interesting reading, and …

Here is the link to Governor Snyder's "Special Message on Education Reform"

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/snyder/SpecialMessageonEducationReform_351586_7.pdf

 

It's very interesting reading, and deserves response. Feel free to write your Michigan Legislation or the Governor himself:

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Added by Kia Jane Richmond on May 19, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Books, Movies, and Students' Expectations and Standards of Excellence

I have noticed lately that students in my college classes seem to have different expectations and standards of excellence for books than for movies. What might be a fun and entertaining way to spend a couple of hours at the movies doesn't necessarily translate into a great read. Recently, my students read The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold) in class. Each student who had seen the movie (which we did not view as a class) seemed disappointed with the film's changes to the…

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Added by Kia Jane Richmond on April 22, 2011 at 11:13pm — No Comments

Writing Across the Peninsula Conference - Call for Proposals - due April 15, 2011!

 

On October 28th, 2011 Northern Michigan University will be hosting the second Writing Across the Peninsula Conference.   We invite proposals for papers, panels, and poster-sessions that interpret the theme, "Shifting Shorelines: Revision at the Water's Edge." We encourage proposals from faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and secondary educators.

 

The call for proposal information sheet and forms can be found on our…

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Added by Kia Jane Richmond on March 30, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

MCTE Membership Benefits

Michigan Council of Teachers of English, Recipient of the NCTE Affiliate Excellence Award 2010

MCTE Membership – Working for You!

 

 

                                                            Advocacy and Support

 Professional…

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Added by Kia Jane Richmond on February 19, 2011 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Michigan Youth Arts Education Newsletter

Here is the link to the latest Michigan Youth Arts Education Newsletter. http://tinyurl.com/4v5vwr6

 

Thank you to all who sent in…

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Added by Kia Jane Richmond on February 8, 2011 at 6:11pm — No Comments

Michigan Council of English Educators Retreat February 4th

Friday we will gather at the Writing Center at MSU (300 Bessey Hall) at 9 a.m. for our winter retreat. We

will discuss the shape of our M.A. programs and issues related to practitioner research. Ellen Cushman has invited those on the MCEE listserve to contribute to a  Google Doc describing aspects of the English Education M.A. programs at our colleges and universities. Please be on the lookout for her email and add your knowledge to the spreadsheet. To give us a springboard for our… Continue

Added by Lindsay Ellis on February 1, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

National Day on Writing- Prompts

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Added by Dan Polleys on December 9, 2010 at 7:41pm — No Comments

National Day on Writing

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Added by Dan Polleys on December 9, 2010 at 7:38pm — No Comments

Academic Service Learning Grants Received for Winter 2011 term in Kia's NMU EN 350 class!

I just got word that I was approved for a $500 Service Learning Grant from NMU. This will supplement the $1800 MEEMIC grant received to work with my English Education students next term. Students will join the Michigan Council of Teachers of English, interview local English teachers about professional development, and host meetings with local teens to discuss teaching as a profession. So…
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Added by Kia Jane Richmond on December 1, 2010 at 8:11pm — No Comments

Zombieland in the Classroom

In the course of helping with the Writing Improvement (WI) class yesterday, the English teacher and I had a brainstorm: Zombieland!

We teach in an alternative high school, so our students are more than usually against the idea of writing anything at all, even in a writing class. We have been following Baron Wormser's and David Cappella's Poetry-Centered Classroom approach in the WI class this year, having had to re-write the entire curriculum last summer, and while…

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Added by Carina Hilbert on October 20, 2010 at 2:36pm — 2 Comments

Remembering Donald Graves

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Added by Lynnette Van Dyke on October 8, 2010 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Writing Project participation

This past school year was horrendous. Then I was extended an invitation to participate in the Chippewa River Writing Project Summer Institute. At a Spring Showcase, I spoke with a former college professor and mentor. Explaining that I felt on the verge of teacher burnout (after only 10 years!), she encouraged me by saying, "This is just what you need!" She was right -- this wonderful opportunity for professional development renewed my dedication and refreshed my spirit.

If…

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Added by Rosie Nedry on July 29, 2010 at 11:56am — No Comments

Fall 2010 MCTE Conference - Save the DATE: Friday, October 29, 2010

Remember to save Friday, October 29, 2010, for the annual fall conference of the Michigan Council of Teachers of English.

MCTE's Autumn Assembly/Fall Conference 2010 is scheduled for October 29th, a Friday, at The Lansing Lexington Hotel.

The theme is Focusing the Kaleidoscope: Re-Imagining English Language Arts in Michigan!

Added by Kia Jane Richmond on July 10, 2010 at 10:56am — 4 Comments

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