Author Archives: cwilkeson

About cwilkeson

I am an English teacher, passionate about engaging students in the art of expression with language.

150 Daffodils Woke Me Up

As this school year winds down, I am more mindful than ever that I’ve neglected this blog.  Reflecting on the year, I can say that after a strong, exceptionally positive start to the school year, somewhere in the middle I … Continue reading

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On feeding distortions to the social mob…

As I craft a unit focusing on civil disobedience and ask my students to consider the Transcendentalist views of Henry David Thoreau and his influence on Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela, I have been taken aback … Continue reading

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Come on in, the water’s fine…

One of my goals for the summer was to learn about integrating technology into my instruction to further engage my students.  It’s always risky bringing something completely new into the classroom, especially on the first day.  Number one, you have … Continue reading

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Communion

There is something about the first days of a new school year that refreshes my heart, mind and soul.  It’s not the smell of new supplies or the squeaky clean building with its shiny waxed floors.  It’s not the aroma … Continue reading

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“You can’t make me…”

After reading “You Don’t Need to Be Brilliant to Be Wise” by George Couros on his blog The Principal of Change, I was inspired to respond at length. How many times have we heard little ones say “you can’t make … Continue reading

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The Power of Passion

Passion.   I associate passion with the color red for its vibrant depth and closeness to the heart.  It is the lifeblood that feeds energy, creativity, enthusiasm and commitment.  Passion is intensity of purpose.  It is adrenaline.  It is BELIEF. … Continue reading

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Starstruck

Tonight I participated in my first ever #engchat on Twitter.  The special guest was teacher-author Jim Burke, whose book The English Teacher’s Companion has been on my shelf, dog-eared and edge-worn, for a few years now.  I have passed this … Continue reading

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