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Día de Muertos – Remembering a Family Member

Someone in my family who passed away was my <uncle, grandma, mom, dad, brother, sister, cousin…> who died <when did this person pass?>. He was a <3-5 descriptive adjectives> person who will be missed by <specifically who in this person’s family, friends, and/or strangers from the community>. <S/he/they> was a person who was always <describe something this person was always […]

Paul October 31, 2022 November 8, 2022
Quoting a speech, conversation, trip, assembly, guest speaker, panel discussion, video, event…

<Describe where the speech, panel discussion, presentation, video, or assembly took place.> <Explain who was in the audience and what the event was about. Why did they come? Or why did you go there?> <Then, describe who the speaker(s) were, in general.> <End this paragraph by introducing one of the speaker’s specific quotations> “<Put quote here>.” Hearing this quote just made me realize […]

Paul November 7, 2022 November 7, 2022
Mophead Hydrangea

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Paul September 22, 2022 September 22, 2022

The exception to this breakneck pace occurred at story time. Any story Carol read had a calming effect. However, when she began The Little House in the Big Woods, the group was transfixed. When she finished the book, they begged for more stories by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Carol told them more about the author and said that in each book […]

Paul September 14, 2022 September 14, 2022
What’s new at Youth Voices?

1. Logging in at Youth Voices takes you to the wall on your profile! Now when you log in at Youth Voices, instead of opening the home page, you will be on your profile page where you can: scroll on a wall with a stream of your recent activity on the site (and in NowComment) and you can reconnect leave […]

Paul September 10, 2022 September 11, 2022
Paul’s Writer’s Notebook

The idea is simply to write for ten minutes (later on, perhaps fifteen or twenty). Don’t stop for anything. Go quickly without rushing. Never stop to look back, to cross something out, to wonder how to spell something, to wonder what word or thought to use, or to think about what you are doing. If you can’t think of a […]

Paul September 9, 2022 September 10, 2022
What’s more important talent or hard work?

People who have talent without hard work are just more tragic in their failure. Maybe it’s not fair for me to think of my youngest son in this light, but when he reads a difficult novel and has brilliant insights, makes a painting, composes a poem, and write a piece of music, or when he sings in a choir and […]

Paul December 2, 2020 September 9, 2022 journal
One thing I did in the past 24 hours that makes me feel good about myself. What this shows.

So yesterday I concentrated on creating a system on Youth Voices that would allow teachers and students to recognize each other for the skills they are showing in their work. Now anybody can go and create a “skill” for others. This reaches back to our early work with P2PU badges and brings the knowledge we’ve gained with issuing hundreds of […]

Paul October 23, 2020 September 9, 2022 journal
What Do You Think Are the Secrets to Happiness? In a popular course at Yale University, students learn that the keys to happiness are sleep, gratitude and helping other people. Do you agree?

Sleep is important, yes, but I think it tends to go in circles: When I’m unhappy, I tend to sleep less and when I sleep less, I’m more unhappy. So it’s important to break this chain one way or the other. OH, and this leads me to MY basic, my lived, my real philosophy about happiness is that there is […]

Paul May 5, 2021 September 9, 2022 journal
My Journal for Today

It was sad an exciting at the same time to see children posing outside of my building this morning on their first day of school. I remember those photos with my children. They were important moments of saying goodbye — but not goodbye, really, more it was a kind of taking a deep breath and saying “Go for it.” It […]

Paul September 29, 2020 September 9, 2022 journal
Setting up a Group in NowComment

Over the past few days, I’ve been working on NowComment to organize materials around AAPI — Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It has been exciting to share my tech tips with a growing community of teachers to show them how to get a document up on NowComment “properly.” And to reach out to people to see what they can […]

Paul May 6, 2021 September 9, 2022 journal
One thing i did over the past 24 hours that makes me feel good about myself

Well I pulled together Brendaly’s portfolio I presented it at a conference workshop on Saturday. I’m pretty excited about the possibilities for this work, but there’s a gap between what we can do on Youth Voices and what teachers and what teachers and students want to, can, or are aware that they can do. It’s this gap that keeps me […]

Paul May 10, 2021 September 9, 2022 journal
How Do You Connect to Your Heritage? Do you feel connected to your family and cultural roots? Or do you feel distant or cut off from them?

I feel like my heritage has been shifting ever since I left high school and the small town in Western Pennsylvania where I grew up. If I use my mother as an example of my family and my cultural roots, I would say that I feel more and more distant from her ideologies, biases, paranoia, and prejudice. When I think […]

Paul May 19, 2021 September 9, 2022 journal
Something I did today that makes me feel good about myself

Let’s see — I’m happy that Marina and I worked hard to pivot from our original plans and over one weekend to build an entire playlist and room on Kumospace. These playlists usually take about a week to create, and both of us stood up (if I can use that phrase) at different times to get it done. I finished […]

Paul July 26, 2021 September 9, 2022 journal
Finding The Habits of Mind Around Every Corner on Youth Voices

On the Youth Voices platform, we have been building tools, collecting resources, designing activities, and organizing examples to help students “become more thoughtful, responsive, and innovative” using The Habits of Mind. And now we are proposing an action research project to support 10-15 teachers to explore their questions while they bring Youth Voices and The Habits of Mind into their […]

Paul August 11, 2022 September 9, 2022
Learning to dialogue with AI

I remember one evening in 1990 when I successfully downloaded an entire issue of Crisis Magazine from the Twenties to a 3.5 inch floppy disk. It took some time for the original images, poetry, stories, and essays to come to me over a network of university computers that was part of the Internet. This was before the World Wide Web […]

Paul September 5, 2022 September 9, 2022
Youth Voices Turns Twenty: Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

What has changed in the two decades since we launched Youth Voices might be described as a digital transformation of tools into platforms. In a recent book, two researchers point to this kind of change as one to welcome in order to grow The Digital Mindset we need to thrive today. “The rapid scaling of computational power means that digital technologies have […]

Paul July 21, 2022 August 5, 2022
Letter to Colleagues

Dear <Name and Title of your Host Teacher/Co-Teacher/Teacher Friend/Principal/>: <Recently/This summer/Last month/This weekend/Over the break…>, I participated in a profession learning experience with <Name the sponsoring organization or program: e.g. LUTE-STEM/Noyce-STEM/Scratch in Practice/Facing History/The Danielson Group/The New York City Writing Project/Stem4All…> at <Name the institution the organization or program is associated with: e.g. Lehman College/MIT…>. I learned a lot about <Make […]

Paul July 23, 2022 July 23, 2022
Paul’s 10 Self / 10 World

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Paul July 13, 2022 July 13, 2022

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Paul July 11, 2022 July 11, 2022
Testing Vocoroo Print this page.

Paul July 11, 2022 July 11, 2022
Character Archetypes

 <Protagonist’s Name> is a dynamic character. <His/Her/Their> archetype changes over the course of the <story/book/play>. At the beginning of the <book/play>, <she/he/they> <is/are> the archetypal <pick from this list>. This can be seen on page <#>, where the author writes: <Copy a sentence, paragraph, or chunk of text from your book or play.> But by page <#>, <Name of Protagonist> has begun to transform into the archetypal <pick […]

Paul June 20, 2022 June 20, 2022
Tracking Point-of-View

<Begin with a freewrite about your book. Write non-stop about your book. What have you been thinking about your book since you read last?> The <first… second… third… final… chapters/pages/sections> of <Title> by <Author’s First and Last Name> might leave a reader feeling <strong adjective> because <Explain what it is in the text that might bring that response.> An example of this is on page <___>.  “<Copy a couple of lines […]

Paul June 19, 2022 June 19, 2022
Facts, Emotions, Images

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Paul June 3, 2022 June 16, 2022
Plot Analysis

Recently, I read  <Title of Book or Play>, by <Name of Author>.  I <relished/detested/appreciated… think of an adjective that fits your feelings> this <book/play>. <Say why you feel this way in two or three sentences.>. The protagonist is <Protagonist’s Name>. <His/Her/Their> story is set in <tell the historical time period and geographic region>, specifically <list the precise local locations>. The significance of the <geographical location> setting is that <tell why it matters that the story happens […]

Paul May 23, 2022 May 23, 2022
Character Traits and Relationships

<Name of Main Character>, the protagonist in <Title of Book, Play, or Story>, has a few traits that influence <her/his/their> relationships with others. One, <she/he/they> <is/are> <choose one trait from list>. Two, <she/he/they> <is/are> <choose another trait from list>.  Three, <she/he/they> is <choose a third trait from list>. These traits influence <her/his/their> relationships with others. We can see it in this passage from the <book/play/story>: “<Insert quotation marks and copy a […]

Paul May 23, 2022 May 23, 2022
Could victims stories help to return power to the people in Buffalo?

Last night on TTT, Christina Cantrill, Joel Malley, and I started to talk about how each of us avoids a lot of the media  about the shooter and the tragedy that happened in Buffalo this weekend. And I wondered if youth protect themselves the same way, and how they might resist or resent our attempts to make space for conversations […]

Paul May 19, 2022 May 19, 2022
Upward Bound at Delaware Tech 05.17.2020 Workshop 2

One thing you did today that makes you feel good about yourself as an educator Questions, concerns, stress-points with integrating Youth Voices, NowComment, and Kumospace this summer Becoming students for 30 minutes. Let’s walk through the three activity rooms of Profile Set-up Why?  The set of activities in the Profile Set-up (which could be done in the first three days) […]

Paul May 17, 2022 May 17, 2022
Questioning and Speculating

<Begin with a freewrite about your book or play. Write non-stop about your book or play. What have you been thinking about your book or play since you read last?> The <first… second… third… final… chapters/pages/sections/paragraphs> of <Title> by <Author’s First and Last Name> might leave a reader feeling <strong adjective> because <Explain what it is in the text that might bring that response.> An example of this is on […]

Paul May 5, 2022 May 5, 2022
World Connections

<Begin with a freewrite about your book. Write non-stop about your book. What have you been thinking about your book since you read last?> The <first… second… third… final… chapters/pages/sections/paragraphs> of <Title> by <Author’s First and Last Name> might leave a reader feeling <strong adjective showing emotion> because <Explain what it is in the text that might bring that response.> An example of this is on page <___>.  “<Copy a couple […]

Paul May 4, 2022 May 4, 2022
Chat on TTT 04.27.2022

Sam Reed U School · Nearby · 9:32 PM Fortran, Cobol, LOL…. Chris Sloan · Nearby · 9:33 PM Fortran, Cobol… Ah, the memories Sam Reed U School · Nearby · 9:34 PM I love this… paul_w_hankins It’s Sunday: I’ll create TWO morning pages. In this one, I come back to the idea that if we want our students to be a part of process, we, the teachers, cannot be apart from […]

Paul April 28, 2022 April 28, 2022
Tracking the Plot / Guía de comentario literario: El seguimiento de la trama

<Begin with a freewrite about your book. Write non-stop about your book. What have you been thinking about your book since you read last?> The <first… second… third… final… chapters/pages/sections> of <Title> by <Author’s First and Last Name> might leave a reader feeling <strong adjective> because <Explain what it is in the text that might bring that response.> An example of this is on page <___>.  “<Copy a couple of lines […]

Paul April 5, 2022 April 5, 2022
Tracking Characters

The travels get worst and worst .. Dana went back in time , this time rufus is a grown man and acts like his father more day by day . Kevin is gone and as we all know communication for slaves was almost possible because most couldn’t read and write and the was that didn’t ?? wasn’t allowed to express […]

Cristy March 24, 2022 March 24, 2022
Tracking Characters

<Begin with a freewrite about your book or play. Write non-stop about your book or play. What have you been thinking about your book or play since you read last?> The <first… second… third… final… chapters/pages/sections> of <Title> by <Author’s First and Last Name> might leave a reader feeling <strong adjective> because <Explain what it is in the text that might bring that response.> An example of this is on […]

Paul March 23, 2022 March 23, 2022
Agree/Disagree Response

Dear <First Name of Poster>: I am <adjective showing emotion> <by, about, with> your <poem/post/image/letter…>, “<Exact Title>,” because… <add 2 or 3 sentences> One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “<Quote from the message.>” I think this is <adjective> because… <add 1 or 2 sentences> Another sentence that I <past tense verb> was: “<Copy a sentence or line from the post.>” This stood out for me because… […]

Paul June 4, 2021 March 11, 2022
LUTE-STEM TGIF Meeting January 28, 2022

January 28, 2022, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Paul and Marina will be joined by Maritza Merino and Laura Duran who will share examples of how they made use of the tech tools that they learned about this summer.  6:00 – 6:15 Meet and Greet with Habits of Mind – Let’s each talk about one thing we did this week that makes us feel […]

Paul January 28, 2022 January 28, 2022
Uploading Multiple Images or a Slideshow

Download You have a group of image files on your computer with .jpeg or .png extensions. Each file is one of the slides from your slideshow.   Insert You have a Google Document with the images from your slideshow inserted and sorted in the order of your presentation.   Export You have a Microsoft Word file .docx downloaded on your […]

Paul December 27, 2021 December 27, 2021
Tracking the Themes / Seguimiento de los Temas

<Begin with a freewrite about your book. Write non-stop about your book. What have you been thinking about your book since you read last?> <Title> by <Author’s First and Last Name> might leave a reader feeling <strong adjective>. <Explain what it is in the text that might bring that response.> An example of this is on page <___>.  “<Copy a couple of lines or a paragraph from […]

Paul November 19, 2021 November 19, 2021
Engage in Multimodal, Intertextual, Social Commenting on a Multimodal, Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Document from the New Library for Writeout that You Can Help Us Build on NowComment

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Paul September 28, 2021 September 28, 2021
Working the Walls on Youth Voices

1.  Make status updates three times a day on your own wall and on group walls where you are a member. Add images, GIFs, videos, audio, and short messages like on Snapchat, Discord, Instagram or Twitter. Each comment or reply on NowComment   2. Invite others to become friends and accept friendship requests on Youth Voices: Your teacher Others you […]

Paul September 12, 2021 September 13, 2021
Questions, Concerns, Ideas, Proposals, Thoughts… about Activity Posts or Status Updates

What are you wondering about Activity Posts or Status Updates? Print this page.

Paul August 22, 2021 August 22, 2021 Digital Discourse
All About Me Rubric and Personal Inquiry

How can computational thinking be authentically integrated into writing workshop? People usually say that computational thinking is more connected to math and science, but I think that the inclusion of computational thinking, computer science, and coding into a writing unit will open a tremendous amount of doors for young writers who may have never considered the possibility of Scratch as […]

Marina July 26, 2021 July 26, 2021 all about me, computational thinking, journal, personal inquiry
Speculating on an Inquiry

<Pose a question.>? People usually say that <Finish this phrase with the standard answer(s) that most people give for your question.>, but <Speculate (consider or think curiously about; suppose, propose, or wonder) about how this standard answer might not be correct, complete, clear, or helpful.>? Does this mean that <State something else that seems to be true — and in opposition to the […]

Paul July 26, 2021 July 26, 2021
Project: About Me (Scratch – Mouse Create)

Project: About Me 0 – Missing or unidentifiable 1 – Does not meet standard 2 – Meets Standard 3 – Exceeds Standard 1. About Me planning document The planning document accurately lays out the look and functionailty of the final Scratch Program. All fields in the document have been answered with accuracy and includes a sketch of the final program. […]

Paul July 26, 2021 July 26, 2021
First Scratch project

This was the first project I made after some time away from Scratch. Print this page.

Paul July 21, 2021 July 21, 2021 Scratch

Testing…Testing…   Testing…Testing… Print this page.

Paul Allison July 20, 2021 July 21, 2021
Does this work?

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Paul July 20, 2021 July 20, 2021
test fixrunner

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Paul July 9, 2021 July 9, 2021
Three Paragraphs About Me

My name is Alexandria,I am 16 years old,born on April 18,2001.I was born here in Aurora,Co.It’s important to know that i’m just now starting to drink coffee(iced) and its helps me wake up,now i see why people drink it.I am in love with PNB Rock(a singer/rapper).Something big that happened to me was leaving my mom in Texas to come back […]

Paul July 9, 2021 July 9, 2021
How to set up a Web Story as a Digital Portfolio

On the Youth Voices home screen, hover over the section Member’s Wall. When the drop-down menu pops up, Click on “Create or Edit a Web Story.” A new tab will open. Search through the Web-Stories until you find “Navarro – Portfolio.” Hover over the title, “Navarro – Portfolio.” Three Vertical Dots will appear. Click on the three vertical dots. When […]

Paul July 7, 2021 July 7, 2021
Class Study or Inquiry

Recently in <Subject area> we’ve been studying <topic/question/issue>. At first, I thought <What were your first thoughts on this topic/question/issue? Look back at your first pieces of writing/annotations/questions.>. When I <saw/read/played/heard…> <a specific resource> I started to think <How did your thinking shift or change?>. I know that many people feel that <What do some people say about this topic/issue/question?>. After doing this study, <What do you think about […]

Paul June 26, 2021 June 26, 2021
Quoting a Source in a Comment

Dear <First Name of Poster>: I am <adjective showing emotion> <by, about, with> your <poem/post/image/letter…>, “<Exact Title>,” because… <add 2 or 3 sentences> One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “<Quote from message.>” I think this is <adjective> because… <add 1 or 2 sentences> I’m learning more about <a keyword to describe what both the poster and you are studying> right now, and in particular what I’m wondering about […]

Paul June 24, 2021 June 24, 2021
Copy of General Discussion Response

Dear <First Name of Poster>: I am <adjective showing emotion> <by, about, with> your <post/poem/essay/letter/image…>, “<Exact Title>,” because… <add 2 or 3 sentences> One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “<Quote from the message.>” I think this is <adjective> because… <add 1 or 2 sentences> Another sentence that I <past tense verb> was: “<Quote from message>.” This […]

Paul June 22, 2021 June 22, 2021
General Discussion Response

Dear <First Name of Poster>: I am <adjective showing emotion> <by, about, with> your <post/poem/essay/letter/image…>, “<Exact Title>,” because… <add 2 or 3 sentences> One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “<Quote from the message.>” I think this is <adjective> because… <add 1 or 2 sentences> Another sentence that I <past tense verb> was: “<Quote from message>.” This […]

Paul June 22, 2021 June 22, 2021
Outline for Multimodal Playlists

Week One Set up your profile – commenting (merge with description of a child) Bio – recording (merged with below HOM 3) 3 true paragraphs Portfolio – Web stories, pick thee Habits of Mind to introduce themselves. Show Your Skillz I wonder if we can imagine each activity being equal to a 60-90 minute work session, one each day of […]

Paul June 11, 2021 June 12, 2021 Multimodal Playlists
Testing the access module

Members should not be able to edit this because I have set the access to be private Print this page.

Paul June 9, 2021 June 9, 2021
Copy of Drawing error

As an artiste, there are some stuffs that makes me feels cringe or even angry. For example when I don’t see or get a specific result on a drawing or when the final result is not over my expectations, if it’s not the best that I can do I can feel really disgusted and even destroy the drawing because I […]

Paul June 4, 2021 June 4, 2021
Compare and Contrast Essay

The stories of both Ali and Julliane in these two videos are more similar than different. In Ali’s video he explains having to go through the pain of being separated from his parents and the difficulties he faced adjusting to life in the UK. In Julianne’s video she explains being a young girl and reuniting with her mother, after being […]

Christian May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021 #seekingrefugee #compare&contrast
I would have probably been done with school

In this pendemic I think I lost a lot of learning . To be honest if it wasn’t for this pandemic I would’ve probably been done with school. This pandemic distracted me from doing my school work. This virtually school thing isn’t really working for me because I can’t really concentrate to do my work and I really want to […]

Yeury May 26, 2021 May 26, 2021
What Role Have Mentors Played in Your Life? What makes for good mentors? Do we need them now more than ever?

I just listened to a podcast of Latinos who are involved in the current NASA mission to Mars, Perseverance. What wonderful examples their stories are! But do they talk about specific mentors? Not so much, more about T.V. shows and open houses at NASA and seeing men walk on the moon AND unwavering support from family members. That has me thinking. […]

Paul May 18, 2021 May 18, 2021 journal
One thing i did over the past 24 hours that makes me feel good about myself

Well, I sat under a tree outside of my apartment with neighbors and talked about the coming mayoral elections… and I’ll write about why I like Maya Wiely for number one. Print this page.

Paul May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021
What happens when an artist, writer or celebrity behaves in a way you don’t like? Should you separate the person’s behavior from his/her achievements?

Oh, I don’t know. Scott Stringer is a politician, not an artist or writer, but a celebrity of sorts, and his bid to become the next mayor of New York City is now in doubt because he has been accused by a woman of inappropriate groping. Her claims haven’t been corroborated yet, but I don’t know if that lack of […]

Paul May 11, 2021 May 11, 2021
Journal entry

On Monday I was watching my favorite show TEENWOLF  like 1:00 and then I had to get ready to go and pick up my little cousin at school and the school is like 2 block from my house when I pick up she talk about what happen a school and when I come back from picking her up and we […]

Dewry May 6, 2021 May 6, 2021
Should People Be Required to Show Proof of Vaccination?

I’m not sure, but maybe. I mean why not? Pre-K-College students have to show proof of a sorts of vaccinations before they are allowed to come — or continue in school — so why not a COVID shot too? I’m wondering if any of this is necessary.  Oh just get vaccinated. We need to lead with positive examples, not get […]

Paul May 4, 2021 May 4, 2021
Revolutionary Poem in The Pocket

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Christian April 29, 2021 April 30, 2021 #BlackLivesMatter #SayTheirNames #DefundThePolice #NoJusticeNoPeace
What are some answers to the frequent gun violence we have experienced in this country?

This is such a big question. How can I answer it if the President of the United States and the Congress can’t answer it. One thing I heard recently is that so far this year more illegal guns have been take off the streets of New York City than ever before in a similar time period. And yet, the number […]

Paul April 19, 2021 April 19, 2021
Testing Docs

This seems to be working. More tests. Print this page.

Paul April 14, 2021 April 14, 2021
One thing I did that makes me feel good about myself … one habit this shows.

One of the things I did this weekend was to think and write (or at least begin to write) about the different discourse options that are available on Youth Voices. I found passages in James Moffett’s important book, Teaching the Universe of Discourse. Maybe I should collect those here. Here’s something I wrote recently: In Coming on Center (1981), James Moffett calls […]

Paul April 12, 2021 April 12, 2021
Bio on you working portfolio

Paragraph 1: Who are you? What’s important to know about you? What ethnic and cultural heritages are in your family? Where were you born, and what neighborhoods have you lived in? What schools have you been to? When did something important happen to you, a turning point? Paragraph 2: What do you like to do IN school, including extra-curricular activities? What are […]

Paul April 10, 2021 April 10, 2021
Something I did in the past 24 hours that makes me feel good about myself… what this shows about me.

Last night just before I took my evening shower and went to bed I sat down and created an “activity” within a playlist on Youth Voices. Here it is This wasn’t that hard to do because I spent the last several days making another activity, and on Youth Voices you can just copy a published page and use that […]

Paul April 7, 2021 April 7, 2021
Have you ever “snitched,” or told on someone else for breaking a rule? How did you weigh your relationship to that person, the trustworthiness of the authority and the legitimacy of the rule?

I don’t know. When you are snitching you are going to an authority to inform on your peer. In my life as a teacher, my peer relationships have always been more important to me than the ones I’ve had with the powers that be. So I think my answer has to be “No, I’ve never snitched.” Really, though? I mean […]

Paul April 6, 2021 April 6, 2021
What teachers at P.U.L.S.E. are expected to show about their classrooms

provide engaging opportunities promote teamwork use engaging materials give students time to reflect especially in virtual environments and remote settings Print this page.

Paul March 26, 2021 March 26, 2021
I managed a new kind of TTT meeting.

How new is it really? I still do all of the inviting and some of the introductions, and I’m often the one stopping a presentation or asking for more. But it might become more and more an act of facilitating as we go. I like that three specific things bubbled to the surface. I think the tricider worked. Should I […]

Paul March 25, 2021 March 25, 2021
After a year of living with new routines and habits, are there aspects of going back to pre-pandemic school, work and social life that concern you?

Again — and maybe this is my way — I want to change the question. Can we make it something like what can we keep from our new habits? How do we resist a return to normal with things that were not so good? How do we get people to not think of working on computers as a pandemic, remote […]

Paul March 24, 2021 March 24, 2021
Should the Department of Education keep remote classes as an option for those who want it in the future? Why or why not?

What is a remote class? Here’s how I want the question to be asked: Should the DOE support teachers to make their teaching and students learning experiences flow as seamlessly as possible between face-to-face meetings and online synchronous and asynchronous learning? To this (rather tortured) question I would scream from the rooftops, YES! And yes, there are plenty of less […]

Paul March 23, 2021 March 23, 2021
Kinds of Digital Discourse, Kumospace, Brendaly as an example, guides attached to posts… etc.

What’s been on my mind and what have I been doing that makes me feel good about myself has to do with feeling good about putting Brendaly into the middle of an online workshop with teachers (on May 1, Digital Discourse teachers — but could be others before and after that) that induces teachers to these newly described, not definite […]

Paul March 22, 2021 March 22, 2021
Next steps for Teachers Teaching Teachers

Now I have set up a tricider for people to propose sessions for TTT. Take a look at Take a look! Print this page.

Paul March 19, 2021 March 19, 2021
Multimodal Literacy: NYCWP’s LRNG/NowComment Workshop for LUTE-STEM Residents

Teacher-Consultants in the New York City Writing Project jumped at an opportunity to create a summer workshop for the first cohort of LUTE-STEM residents at Lehman College in 2020. We knew how to introduce these young teachers to the theory and practice that has been central to our work with students and teachers in public New York City schools for […]

Paul March 18, 2021 March 18, 2021
One thing I did in the past 24 hours that makes me feel good about myself.

Oh let me see — in my journal here, I’ve been writing about the transition that Teachers Teaching Teachers is going through, because of COVID and remote learning, because of Kumospace, because it is time to shed an old skin… because I want to hand some of the responsibility and joy of doing this work off to younger teachers. So […]

Paul March 18, 2021 March 18, 2021
Do we need the arts (music, acting, dance, drawing/painting/design) in our lives? Why or why not?

I feel like we are never without the arts — somehow. The question is whether the arts are used as an escape or pure entertainment — which, of course, there is nothing wrong with — but I want to reverse the question to say how can the arts be used to make our lives better? Does that make sense? How […]

Paul March 16, 2021 March 16, 2021
One thing I did that makes me feel good about myself

One thing I did this weekend that makes me feel good about myself is that I got 86 students up on Youth Voices, students from Bronx International High School. About 20 of these new students were actually put on the site in January 2018, and I can barely remember when we did this. I think it was part of a […]

Paul March 15, 2021 March 15, 2021
Is it important for people with different opinions to be able to talk to each other? Why or why not?

In the background as I write my 90-year-old mother is playing hymns on the piano, which is better than her sitting in her room watching FOX. Do I even try to talk with her? Well, we have a book of Broadway tunes at the piano too, and she is currently picking her way through “Oh what a beautiful morning…” and […]

Paul March 11, 2021 March 11, 2021
Do big companies have a responsibility to contribute positively to society?

How do I write about this without being hypocritical? I depend on big companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook (Instagram), Spectrum (cable and Internet), Twitter, WordPress (where I’m writing right now) all of the time. And I THINK these companies “contribute positively” to my life and to society. Do I think we as a people have a right and a responsibility […]

Paul March 10, 2021 March 10, 2021
One thing I did over the weekend that makes me feel good about myself.

Well I finished part four of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and by “finished” I mean that I read chapters 21-32, I got these chapters recorded, then I carefully checked through the digital copy we have to find transmission errors when it went from a PDF to an HTML text and onto NowComment. So… the fourth of five parts […]

Paul March 8, 2021 March 8, 2021
What problems in your community do you think the local government (mayor, congressperson) should try to solve?

That’s an interesting question. One of the things I need to figure out is how change happens in the different neighborhoods in the Bronx. Brian Lehrer is doing a series each week on West Farms 10460 and I’m learning from this how difficult it is to change a neighborhood like this. Okay… so I want to get this series […]

Paul March 3, 2021 March 3, 2021
is it harder to grow up today than it was in the past? Why or why no

Oh, I don’t know. I mean, it has to be really hard now if you are a young person growing up with the uncertainty, sadness, and just trauma of this pandemic then I don’t think there’s any question that you have to have some sort of grit, some fortitude, some ability to grapple — or as I’ve learned from a […]

Paul March 2, 2021 March 2, 2021
One thing I did that makes me feel good about myself

Okay, so I started working on a curriculum that is Bronx-centered and focused on the current primary season. I was going to write about upcoming elections, but we are in the middle of it already! What I think I’m figuring out is how to build a new project out of existing playlists — thinking about how to make them more […]

Paul March 1, 2021 March 1, 2021
What is a story in the news that has caught your attention recently?

Let’s see… I’m interested in all of the go back to school news/controversy because I think different groups — parents, teachers, policymakers — talk around each other and rarely are youth considered. And it is such a different question at the different ages. Within that whole thing, I can’t believe that the Biden administration is saying that NY tests have […]

Paul February 24, 2021 February 24, 2021
What have you been taught about slavery up until now?

There are a few recent bubbles of thought bouncing around in my head. I was just listening to a history professor — the president of Rutgers College — talking about how you can’t understand American history without understanding that America was built on the institution of slavery. Yesterday, a student who is reading Stamped asked if the is slavery anymore. […]

Paul February 23, 2021 February 23, 2021
One thing I did over the break hat makes me feel good about myself

Let’s see, I solved a problem, but this doesn’t really seem worth writing about. But maybe. On Youth Voices, we have these “Habits of Mind” awards we can give to students, and when Chris Sloan gave one 10 days ago, I said that it was like putting a star at the top of a student’s paper — except it was […]

Paul February 22, 2021 February 22, 2021
Defining the Need for Skills Acknowledgements

Why do we need skills, an assessment tool, on Youth Voices? Fair question, especially since simplicity is the key to success for online learning systems. But also, asking youth to pay attention to recommending each other for skills and also creating them for us to use all takes time away from other reading and writing and learning they might be […]

Paul November 1, 2020 February 5, 2021
Why is it sometimes difficult to talk about race?

That’s a great question. Even the first thing that came into my head seems like it’s wrong to say, and I want to edit the thought or correct it before I say it. So this is a good example. What I want to say is that race is used too often in ways that are unhelpful to understanding the problem. […]

Paul February 3, 2021 February 5, 2021
Managing posts on Youth Voices

It’s not such a noticeable thing I do, but I went through about 20 posts on Youth Voices yesterday, editing and making sure that each post is a good as it can be — and that it is in a category that fits the UN Sustainable Goals, and there is. tag to the school page, and a proper image, and […]

Paul February 2, 2021 February 2, 2021
Habits Labels and Links

User input lable: Choose a user whose work, in your opinion, demonstrates this habit. Nomination button text: Click here to add this habit to the profile of a user who has work that shows this ability, power, practice, or disposition. Notes input label: Describe and paste links to this user’s work that shows this habit in action. (The box expands.) […]

Paul January 5, 2021 January 5, 2021
Why and How to Make Youth Voices Your Locus of Assessment

In the early 90s my colleagues at University Heights High School and I collaborated with David Niguidula, David Allen, and others from the Coalition of Essential Schools on a digital portfolio and assessment process. Our goal was to work with each of our students to produce a collection of digital artifacts to represent their habits of heart, mind, and work […]

Paul December 23, 2020 December 24, 2020
Should we care about events in other parts of the world why or why not?

What about the vaccine for the Coronavirus and who gets it first? I’ve been frustrated with an almost total focus in the United States on who gets it here first. And I’ve never been sure about what happens in other countries. Are rich, western (and Russia and China… ) going to get the vaccine first? When we think about distributing […]

Paul December 22, 2020 December 22, 2020
What is a hero?

I resist the whole idea that someone can be a hero, although I’ve spent some time reading about Naomi Osaka who probably is a hero of mine right now. See this. Part of what I like about her is her ability to be great at what she does (play tennis) and pay attention to what is going on in the […]

Paul December 21, 2020 December 21, 2020
Something I did in the past 24 hours that makes me feel good about myself… what this shows about me.

I enjoyed getting together with other teachers from all over the country to just check-in, see how each of us was feeling… but also get a sense of what is next in our work together on NowComment and Youth Voices. At least I kept listening for what questions were coming up about our work with students. One thing I noticed […]

Paul December 17, 2020 December 17, 2020
Do suffering and struggle make us stronger and lead to success? Why or why not?

Struggle and suffering seem like two different things here, so let me take them apart. Suffering is what happens to you and sometimes there are terrible things that happen that don’t make us stronger at all. I think we accept this on a physical level. When we contract a disease that slows us down we don’t imagine that we are […]

Paul December 15, 2020 December 15, 2020
One thing I did that makes me feel good about myself

Let’s see. Yoga… TTT … Ah, maybe that. I’ve been trying to create a set of curriculum materials that include both “How to” do the technology instructions and instructions for how to write a poem AND a template that would — for some — pull it all together. And I’ve been trying some of this out. Last night a teacher […]

Paul December 10, 2020 December 10, 2020
Something I did in the past 24 hours that makes me feel good about myself… what this shows about me.

The first thing that comes to mind is running. Yesterday I started running a third time each day. What happens is that I try to increase the distance I run 10% every week, and I’m up to ten miles a day. If you do the math you can see that if I go out twice a day, I’m running for […]

Paul December 9, 2020 December 9, 2020
Does everything happen for a reason?

Probably not, but I think life is easier to take if you look for reasons in everything that happens. So I would never take a tragedy — like my son’s dog getting sick and having is front, right leg amputated — but I do this rationalization in my head about how we will still love the puppy and maybe even […]

Paul December 8, 2020 December 8, 2020
How much control do you think you have over how your life turns out? Why? Write your response in a Youth Voices Journal Doc

Control? Ah, I was walking in the park on Saturday. It was a very windy day and we were walking just above the Hudson River with gusts pulling us all around. Then I saw a dad with his daughter just about to fly a kite, and I remember thinking that this was an apt symbol of how little control we […]

Paul December 7, 2020 December 7, 2020
One thing I did that makes me feel good about myself

It seems like a small thing but I started setting everybody up to have their comments from NowComment appear on their activity streams on Youth Voices. This is such a small thing when the student or teacher sees it, but it wasn’t small at all to get web engineers and designers to work together to have the comments on NowComment […]

Paul November 25, 2020 November 25, 2020
Does trauma bring strength?

I’ll write about the younger generation and what I might learn from them, what I might misunderstand about young people today. I think there is something about resilience in the younger generation, a strength that comes from having survived so many traumas. I don’t want to be overly romantic about this, but maybe there is something there worth learning about. […]

Paul November 23, 2020 November 23, 2020
Something I’m afraid of and why I’m afraid of it.

The “it” here has me a bit stumped… or at least has slowed my start. Let me see, I’m afraid of getting hurt, disease, dying, people who I love getting hurt, getting a disease, or dying. So that’s pretty big, a pretty big set of fears. And during Covid, well I guess it’s obvious. So yeah. isn’t it obvious why […]

Paul November 18, 2020 November 18, 2020
The best compliment you have ever received and how this makes me feel?

The first thing that came to mind is what people sometimes say about me that I like. It’s mainly that I ground my work with digital discourse in the theory and practice of composition. Ah… yes, I remember an exact moment when — oh, what was her name? I’ll look it up — but she was in a presentation that […]

Paul November 17, 2020 November 17, 2020
About Me? How to ask youth to represent themselves.

One thing I did this weekend was I made a widget box work on everybody’s profile. That might not seem that important, but here’s how it might be. If you go to my profile, you will see two Web Stories in the biography section of my About You widget. This is what I would like students to do to. So […]

Paul November 16, 2020 November 16, 2020
Something significant in the past 24 hours

I finished a Web Story about annotations yesterday. This is important because of the medium and my learning in that medium and because the content is important. I wonder if I can embed it here. Oh let me just link to it under an image. That might be enough of a challenge. Let’s see, here’s a link: Print this […]

Paul November 12, 2020 November 12, 2020
Testing Docs

I’m just checking to see about authorship and how Docs show up on the Activity stream. Print this page.

Paul November 11, 2020 November 11, 2020
Two things my family has taught me

Two things?! Okay, let’s see. I feel like my sons — both in their late 20’s — are teaching me about dogs. Pets are something that my wife and I never brought into our family, except if you count the few months with a gerbil before lost her. I don’t know what this is teaching me, but it is something […]

Paul November 4, 2020 November 4, 2020
Digital journal

In paragraphs 142,145 and 148 of “The Last Spin” by Evan Hunter  may leave a reader feeling upset because it’s about two young men from rival gangs that are settling an issue by playing Russian roulette and even though this is the case they want to ditch the game and build a friendship with eachother but sadly it doesn’t end […]

Brendaly October 11, 2020 November 3, 2020 Digital journal
Over the past 24 hours…

I’m wondering how to consult with a student about her writing. We edit and suggest in the margins on Google Docs or on NowComment, but how do we have those moments where we ask a student to say more to explain what you mean by that or tell me a story about that. Then turn and say, okay now put […]

Paul November 3, 2020 November 3, 2020
One thing I did this weekend…

Oh, not much, but let me think… One thing I did was I ran in the rain on Friday and on Sunday, a bit more than five miles each day, so yeah, that’s something. And I finished a revised, better (audio included) NowComment version of If Beale Street Could Talk… and what else. Oh, actually the thing I’m doing that […]

Paul November 2, 2020 November 2, 2020
Digital journal

Andy, the protagonist in “on the side walk bleeding”, has a few traits that influence his relationships with others. One, he is stupid. Two, he is foolish. Three, he is scared . These traits influence his relationships with others. “I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t want to get mixed up in this. He’s a Royal. We help him, […]

Brendaly October 5, 2020 October 29, 2020 Digital journal
Turning Standards into Conversations

Youth Voices Skills A skill is a special post on Youth Voices. Any member can create a skills post to identify a valued habit of heart, mind, and/or work that there is evidence for in another member’s activity stream on Youth Voices or elsewhere online. Once a skill is posted to the skills page, both teachers and students on Youth […]

Paul October 24, 2020 October 25, 2020
Docs or Discussion Posts

A teacher just sent me an email:  I’m trying to have my students post as a discussion, as we’ve done in the past. Many are posting as docs. What’s the difference between the two? I see comments for both. I am not seeing the difference right now and I’m trying to learn so I can explain it. Here’s my answer […]

Paul October 20, 2020 October 20, 2020
RSS Feeds are fun!

Something I’ve been doing is trying to figure out how to use RSS feeds to bring NowComment comments into the Youth Voices Activity stream. I know that sounds technical I end up now know what people are talking about, but there is a nice community of technical engineers who are willing to help as long as they get paid. Actually, […]

Paul October 16, 2020 October 16, 2020

One thing I did is improve the messaging system on Youth Voices, but I’m not sure if it is working. Still, it would be good if we could have this backchannel for talking to each other. Oh, it’s not really a backchannel, but it is a way to talk to individuals or groups of individuals. So yeah, let’s work on […]

Paul October 15, 2020 October 15, 2020
Video as a flattening out of the learning space

I’m liking this idea that video conferences flatten the learning space. I’m not sure why this appeals to me, but I am itching to describe how to build online experiences for youth that are not so teacher- and content-centered. I’m also not sure that I’m right, so I’m hanging back a bit but I do wonder how to bring the […]

Paul October 5, 2020 October 5, 2020
Hang Out, Mess Around, Geek Out

Hang Out on Your Profile Add a new profile picture and cover image. Create frequent updates with writing, images, audio, video, or links. Friend other youth from around the country, and comment on their updates. Gather your thoughts privately or with others in a Doc, using  YV Docs as a writer’s notebook. Build your profile by adding widgets in your […]

Paul October 1, 2020 October 1, 2020
my day yesterday

yesterday i couldnt go to any classes because i had to go to work early. but it was just yesterday because one of the other employees did not go to work yesterday  and they called me in early but i usally work at 2pm on the weekdays and on the weekend i work at 9:00 AM Print this page.

Yeury September 24, 2020 September 26, 2020
Explore the Universe of Digital Discourse

Register your students This is a youth-powered publishing platform that was started in 2003 by a group of teachers from local sites of the National Writing Project. We merged several earlier blogging projects. We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. It’s easier for individual students to read […]

Paul September 4, 2020 September 22, 2020 youth voices
What’s a Youth Voices profile?

Here’s a list of metaphors we thought of to describe a Youth Voices profile. It can be your personal online… …locker (where you can put video, audio, images and text that are important to you) …homeroom (where you stay connected with your Youth Voices connections) …home base (where you come back to re-focus) …home page (all of the work you’ve […]

Paul September 15, 2020 September 16, 2020
The Universe of Digital Discourse on Youth Voices

Writing Tool Where and how to use it Publishing Options What this might be used for What’s New? By clicking the first link on the drop-down under the user’s home page link on the main menu, the user is presented with a box where there is unlimited space to write and add media. The most recent updates appear publicly under […]

Paul September 7, 2020 September 8, 2020
Youth Voices: Building a Writing Community

We are asking you to consider bringing your students to Youth Voices to grow our network of teachers and schools and to enrich the conversations on the site. Now more than ever, youth need to be connected with each other, and Youth Voices has tried-and-true resources and new features that promise to expand the universe of digital discourse available on […]

Paul September 5, 2020 September 6, 2020

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