A Long Response to Robert Cormier’s “The Chocolate War”

In my "Advanced Young Adult Literature" class, in place of a formal research paper, we worked on a semester long "Inquiry Project" that had us read one novel from the class list and compare it to everything else we were reading and studying throughout the semester in a series of journal entries. Then at the... Continue Reading →


Likeable Teachers

Happy New Year! I hope to include more thoughts and insights from my first semester of pre-service teaching and learning here on my blog in the coming months. In the meantime, I wanted to share a few excerpts from an essay entitled "Likeable Teachers" I wrote for my Pragmatics of Teaching course during my first... Continue Reading →

TV Preview: Looking For Alaska

I am thoroughly excited for the 8 episode Hulu adaptation of Looking for Alaska. The novel is a very interesting novel (I would recommend the blog post ESCAPING THE LABYRINTH: SUFFERING IN YA FICTION AND THE CASE OF JOHN GREEN’S [LOOKING FOR ALASKA] from Angel Matos, professor of YA Literature at SDSU for a deeper look.)  I... Continue Reading →

We Know You Can Make a #BetterCup

Today in my culture and literacy class, our professor Gina Ko brought in a special guest speaker... her daughter 12 year old daughter Mya! Mya and her friend Eve have had major success with their petition on Change.org, asking Starbucks to improve the design of their disposable cups to make them more environmentally friendly. Their petition, that... Continue Reading →


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