Jim Fredricksen

On teaching, learning, reading, and writing together … @jimfredricksen | jimfredricksen@boisestate.edu

thank you, mr. banks

“My whole life, I’ve just wanted to make people better.” – Ernie Banks, 2013, after being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Yesterday, back in Chicago, they paid tribute to … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

uncertainty as opportunity

The blog Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care published a post I wrote, “Uncertainty as Opportunity.” Briefly, I write about how as writers, teachers, and learners we face many moments … Continue reading

February 16, 2014

rethinking assessment: map the landscape

This semester I’m teaching a special topics graduate course with the title “Rethinking Assessment.” We’re a few meetings into the semester and our overarching question for the course is, tentatively, … Continue reading

February 11, 2014 · 3 Comments

alice munro: patience and patterns

This month I’m reading Alice Munro’s (1998) The Love of a Good Woman. Ever since Munro was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2013, I knew that I wanted … Continue reading

February 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

educators’ voices: some responses to sandy hook

In “Our Stories Matter Because We Matter: Thoughts on the Power of Our Voices” Brene Brown writes, “The truth is that in the midst of tragedy nothing matters more than … Continue reading

December 18, 2012

“reading” the classroom: silence

It’s fair to say that in my work as a teacher educator I want to help beginning teachers develop their repertoire of teaching strategies; however, I think one of the … Continue reading

December 12, 2012

on fear, failure, and falling short

It’s true that a parent once looked at me during a parent/teacher conference and said, “My son just needs to be inspired. My high school teacher used to jump on … Continue reading

November 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

nwp annual meeting & ncte annual convention ’12 in las vegas: a roundup of reflections

This year’s convention for the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) was held in Las Vegas. Below is a roundup of some blog posts from educators who attended the … Continue reading

November 27, 2012

learning together in cultural institutions: opening up museums

“I want to share with you today the passion of my professional work, which is about opening up museums,” begins Nina Simon, “turning them into places that are not just … Continue reading

November 26, 2012

nwp blog radio

In this episode of the National Writing Project’s (NWP) Radio program, Jeff Wilhelm, Michael Smith, and I share our work based on our books on teaching argument, teaching informational texts, … Continue reading

November 25, 2012