Traci Gardner

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Piecing Together the Copyright Puzzle

By |2010-08-03T13:25:00-04:00June 15th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Figuring out copyright can be like piecing together a puzzle. You have a good idea how it’s supposed to work in the end, but all the little pieces can be confusing to piece together. These links can help you learn more about copyright yourself and t...

Fun and Painless Summer Learning

By |2010-08-03T13:27:16-04:00June 2nd, 2010|Uncategorized|

When I was in grade school, I regularly sat down with educational workbooks that Mom had picked up at the store and filled out pages and pages of worksheets. I even played teacher, assigning worksheets to my younger sisters and brother and then grading...

Ten Things You’ll Want To Read This Summer

By |2010-05-18T19:00:26-04:00May 18th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Whether summer means time to read for fun or to prepare for teaching in the Fall, I bet you’re beginning to gather that reading list. You probably know where to find details on the year’s award-winning children’s and teen books. You can always c...

What Do You Appreciate in a Teacher?

By |2010-05-04T18:28:51-04:00May 4th, 2010|Uncategorized|

This week in the United States is Teacher Appreciation Week, a time set aside each year to honor the hard work that educators do every day in the classroom and beyond. The challenge of the celebration is to try to remember every teacher I need to than...

Helping Readers See Themselves in a Text

By |2010-04-20T19:08:15-04:00April 20th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Every week during summer vacation, mom used to load us into the car and drive us to the library. While my sisters and brother were racing around with picture books and whatever toys they could get their hands on, I snuck off to a quieter corner of the ...

Inspiring Writers with Student Poetry

By |2010-04-06T21:00:48-04:00April 6th, 2010|Uncategorized|

It’s National Poetry Month, so teachers everywhere are sharing poetry and experimenting with poetry writing in the classroom. The challenge is that those two activities are sometimes at cross purposes. Reading poetry by the literary greats can sil...

How Online Professional Development Changed My Life

By |2010-03-16T17:36:43-04:00March 16th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Chances are high that you wouldn’t be reading this if it weren’t for online professional development. I don’t mean that in the clichéd “If you can read this thank a teacher” way. What I mean is that I would never, ever have had the connectio...

Stories Make It Personal

By |2010-03-02T19:09:33-04:00March 2nd, 2010|Uncategorized|

Imagine that you shared this passage from NCTE’s 2010 Legislative Platform with a non-educator you know. The particular person doesn’t matter. You can think of a family member, a neighbor, or a friend. Whoever you choose, simply imagine that you ga...

Mixing or Plagiarizing?

By |2010-02-17T17:41:22-04:00February 17th, 2010|Uncategorized|

I doubt anyone was thinking about plagiarism when the CCCC 2010 theme, “The Remix: Revisit, Rethink, Revise, Renew,” was chosen, but given recent events in Germany literary world, plagiarism clearly fits the focus. News articles last week announce...

African American Authors Online

By |2010-02-02T18:33:27-04:00February 2nd, 2010|Uncategorized|

It’s time for readers everywhere to collect texts for African American Read-Ins and Black History Month celebrations. You probably have some great resources in your library, but the Internet expands your options even further. Not only can you find au...

Metaphor Makeovers: The Secret to Test Success

By |2010-01-20T22:07:38-04:00January 20th, 2010|Uncategorized|

When students sit down to take a test, how do they think about themselves? It may seem like a silly question, but the answer probably matters more than you think. Attitude Matters “The Truth about Grit,” published last fall in The Boston Globe ex...