LISTEN: Media Lab Podcast “Can You Hear Us?”
Writing in the Wild

LISTEN: Media Lab Podcast “Can You Hear Us?”

LISTEN HERE On the fifth episode of the Media Lab Podcast, Elder Martinez shares his experiences about the wild world of the internet and asks us to consider the role technology plays in our lives. In another story, Xuan Truong offers a compelling commentary about her mother and sister as they experience a negative encounter at a local grocery … Continue reading

Twin History Teachers Combat Under-Performance in Springfield School
Stories of Strangers

Twin History Teachers Combat Under-Performance in Springfield School

SPRINGFIELD, Mass–At Springfield’s High School of Commerce, two teachers are strikingly similar to one another. Both men are new hires teaching U.S. History in classrooms located along the same brightly lit hallway. Born in 1992, by 1999 the pair moved with their family from Chicago to Massachusetts. After graduating from Westfield State University they found … Continue reading

How to Break Free from “Fluffy” Writing
Writing in the Wild

How to Break Free from “Fluffy” Writing

When teaching my high school students how to write for radio, a common problem surfaces. Many students struggle to break free of that “high school essay” writing style which asserts more is more. Use fluff to fill space! Dance around the subject to downplay lack of confidence! Meet that page requirement! Write 3,000 words without… really… saying… anything. And so on. … Continue reading