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Greenville, SC, United States

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Recent articles by Paul:

On Positive and Negative Feedback to Student Writing

Several students in my literacy course in our MAT program chose to read Donna Alvermann’s Effective Literacy Instruction for Adolescents. While the initial discussion around Alvermann’s essay focused… → Read More

The Trap: The Ends v. Means Tension in the Pursuit of Content Knowledge

Over the course of almost 40 years, I have taught writing/composition to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. I am well aware of the cumulative toll of reading and responding to 10s of… → Read More

Conservatives Seeking Education as a Buffet of Ignorance

The U.S. has long had a powerful and very vocal conservative and Christian influence that is solidly anti-education. → Read More

The Inevitable, Exponential Decline

Do not go gentle into that good night,/ Old age should burn and rave at close of day;/ Rage, rage against the dying of the light. → Read More

Transitioning from High School to College: (Re)considering Citation Edition

At the broadest level, I think students and future scholars need to understand why academia incorporates sources and uses formal citation. → Read More

Teaching and Learning as Collaboration, not Antagonism

“The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer.” — James Baldwin. The Nation. July 11, 1966. → Read More

Drama and the Struggling High School Reader

In my current trends in literacy course for our MAT program, I have 7 students across several content areas. Our discussion yesterday confronted how too often teachers (notably ELA teachers) assign… → Read More

Black Widow: Underestimating and Hypersexualizing Women in the Marvel Universe

Hypersexualization and exoticizing marginalized (by race and/or gender) characters are standard practices in superhero comics. → Read More

Moving from “All Students Must” to “Each Student Deserves”

Literacy is not simple, and literacy development is not linear, sequential, or systematic. → Read More

Beware the Roadbuilders 2021

Beware the roadbuilders. They are not here to serve you, they are on their way to bulldoze right over you. → Read More

Indoctrination by Omission

Republicans and conservatives are seeking indoctrination by omission. → Read More

Moving from “All Students Must” to “Each Student Deserves”

Literacy is not simple, and literacy development is not linear, sequential, or systematic. → Read More

Individual Behavior and Community Safety: Cycling Edition

Learning to ride in a cycling group is a lesson in the importance of individual behavior for community safety. → Read More

Republicans Embrace “Three Kinds of Lies: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics”

Misattributed quotes can still be valid, and such is the case with the often repeated, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics,” typically associated with Mark Twain… → Read More

Reading as Comprehension and Engagement: On the Limitations of Decoding

About a year ago, a friend and I introduced my grandchildren to gaming; soon after I bought them a Nintendo Switch. My granddaughter, Skylar, was immediately drawn to Animal Crossing because she… → Read More

Stranger Things: The Eternal Whiteness of the Pop Culture Mind

Having come (very) late to Stranger Things, this was one of my first thoughts when Lucas sets off on his own to find the gate (S1E6). Since Stranger Things is a pop culture referential series, my… → Read More

60 (Last Time). I am white, a man, well paid, and very…

I am white, a man, well paid, and very privileged. I am also 60. People now routinely ask me when I plan to retire. → Read More

Conservatives are Wrong about Parental Rights

Republicans such as Henry McMaster (SC) either are unaware of the law or are intentionally dishonest with their “parental rights” rhetoric. → Read More

“Racial Discomfort” in an Era of Erasing Curriculum

Republican legislation is prescribing, then, that students remain ignorant, and ironically, passively complicit in systemic racism. → Read More

NCTQ: “The data was effectively useless”

You can count on two things with the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) releases one of their “reports.” First, media will fall all over themselves to report NCTQ’s “findings” and… → Read More