5 Reasons Why Reading Conferences Matter — Especially in High School English

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What I enjoy about Amy’s blog is that she posts what I need to be thinking.
She does what I need to be doing.
She points me back to the true North of my classroom objectives.
I always walk away from time with Amy (whether in person or via her blog) refreshed, refocused and recharged.

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The Attention. Every child needs one-on-one conversations with an adult as often as possible.  Adolescents, by nature of their age, struggle with identity, fairness, stress, and a slew of other issues that contribute to all kinds of problems. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University. reports that “9 out of 10 Americans who meet the medical criteria for addiction started smoking, drinking, or using other drugs before age 18.” This is not surprising since according to this study, “75% of all high school students have used addictive substances, including tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, or cocaine.”

I know there are many reasons for teenagers to partake in these substances. I also know that many students think that adults do not care, or will not notice, if they are in class, participating in class, or lucid in class. One way to show our adolescent students that we…

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About Whitney Kelley

My profession is teaching and my passion is communicating. I left the fast-paced world of public relations to become a school teacher, and there is no place that I'd rather report to each day than my classroom filled with hormonal, moody, defiant - and charming - students. They are the best part of my day, and they are what keep my awake at night worrying. Worrying about how to reach them, how to teach them and how to encourage them. They are my present, but they are our future. I can think of no more worthwhile task than to have some tiny input into their lives and to have the privilege of being able to impart some small measure of wisdom and guidance on their journeys.

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