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Paul Allison

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I'm an English teacher at New Directions Secondary School, Bronx, NY.

I have been teaching and learning ever since I graduated from Hunter College, CUNY in 1983. After a few years in the desert (Utah), and a couple of years at the High School of Art and Design, NYC, I had a wonderful dozen years at University Heights Secondary School, Bronx, NY, where I learned that doing school better didn’t have to be the same-old, with more effort. After that, I worked with English Language Learners at the International High School in Queens for three years.

After 9/11, there was a lot of talk about doing meaningful work. At the same time, I was finding himself being seduced by new forms of literacy on the Internet. An opportunity to become a “studio teacher” of technology at East Side Community High School, NYC presented itself in the Summer of 2002, and I taught "New Journalism" at ESCHS for five years. In the Fall of 2007, I moved back the the Bronx to teach "New Journalism" in grades 6-12 at East Bronx Academy for the Future, then I taught English for three years at the East-West School for International Studies in Flushing, Queens.

Currently I'm an English teacher at Bronx Academy Senior High. Another community that I am a part of is the New York City Writing Project. I was a participant in the NYCWP’s Summer Invitational in 1985, and I have worked for the NYCWP in various ways ever since. I'm the NYC Technology Liaison for the National Writing Project. I work with other teachers to manage a school based social network, Youth Voices, and along with Monika Hardy and Chris Sloan, I co-host a weekly webcast, Teachers Teaching Teachers.


My current research project is on "Multitasking: A problem or a new skill?" You can help me by adding documents to this folder on Crocodoc: Multitasking


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The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students through Digital Learning
Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom
Teaching with Heart: Poetry That Speaks to the Courage to Teach
Teaching The Universe Of Discourse
Reading in a Participatory Culture: Remixing Moby-Dick in the English Classroom
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work
How to Imagine: A Narrative on Art & Agriculture
Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now
Last Chance High School: A Principal's Crusade to Rescue Throwaway Teens
Crafting Digital Writing: Composing Texts Across Media and Genres
Tell Them I Built This: Transforming Schools, Communities, and Lives With Design-Based Education
Why School?: How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere
Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools andBusiness for the 21st Century
The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age
Blessen
Vernacular Eloquence: What Speech Can Bring to Writing
Rising



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The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students through Digital Learning
Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom
Teaching with Heart: Poetry That Speaks to the Courage to Teach
Teaching The Universe Of Discourse
Reading in a Participatory Culture: Remixing Moby-Dick in the English Classroom
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work
How to Imagine: A Narrative on Art & Agriculture
Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now
Last Chance High School: A Principal's Crusade to Rescue Throwaway Teens
Crafting Digital Writing: Composing Texts Across Media and Genres
Tell Them I Built This: Transforming Schools, Communities, and Lives With Design-Based Education
Why School?: How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere
Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools andBusiness for the 21st Century
The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age
Blessen
Vernacular Eloquence: What Speech Can Bring to Writing
Rising



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What if this had been the headline? Why aren't we paying more attention to the crisis in Europe? | I'm trying to show how easy it is for us to look the other way: "Three Trainwrecks and Over 700 Deaths as Crisis Flares in Brooklyn." Added on Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 17:41, with
Vote for Jill Stein for President 2016 | Added on Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 16:02, with
Listening in Minneapolis | Northside MSP at NWP AM 2015 Student arrested for protesting presented passionately. Photo by Paul Allison. Added on Friday, November 20, 2015 - 15:39, with
November's Big Question | I'm wondering if we might increase both the multiplicity of our students' voices on Youth Voices LIVE! and ask students to read and annotate the texts that are in NowComment and Hypothes.is about "... Added on Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 21:22, with
Day 2: What makes me unique? | Day 2: What makes me unique? A photo posted by Paul Allison (@paulrallison) on Sep 10, 2015 at 12:23pm PDT Added on Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 16:44, with
Day 1: Seventh and Sixth Graders on Day 1 | Day 1: First day! A photo posted by Paul Allison (@paulrallison) on Sep 9, 2015 at 8:13am PDT Added on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 14:44, with
Day -5 (5 days before school starts): Post Daily, Weekly, and Monthly | Day -5: I am designing an invitation for youth to publish on Youth Voices daily (an image to show what's important to you each day), weekly (Do Now about a current event), and monthly (... Added on Monday, August 31, 2015 - 12:29, with
Hypothes.is - Annotations on Youth Voices | Wow! This could be a game-changer. Now on Youth Voices anybody can annotate any discussion post that has been associated with a mission. Profiles are also open for annotations. Try it out. If you... Added on Friday, March 27, 2015 - 14:51, with
An example of using Genius for a short story | Yesterday, Rosa, a student at New Directions Secondary School (NDSS) started us off with her annotations on Langston Hughes's "Thank You Ma'am" http://genius.com/5060775 http://genius.com/5060782... Added on Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 15:04, with
Youth Voices LIVE! + Ask Big Questions + NowComment = Connection | So, what I want to follow through on is using Ask Big Questions and NowComment to have a place for everybody to have a common text and a common reference point for the "month" -- actually 2 or 3... Added on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 21:56, with
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Youth Voices LIVE! Fridays at 10am PT/1pm ET | How does this look?   Proposed times Friday... 2 years 30 weeks ago in response to Youth Voices LIVE! How do we disagree?
Some articles to consider in the Youth Voices Crocodoc folder | I just put six articles in a "Skiing" folder in... 3 years 31 weeks ago in response to A True Passion
Post your email here! | We'd love to see what you are going to ask them. 4 years 38 weeks ago in response to Emailing Experts for Angkor Paper
Cool | Can't wait till this finishes! 4 years 42 weeks ago in response to Best accomplishment
From the Youth Voices Twitter feed | @youthvoices KONY 2012 #StopAtNothin... 5 years 27 weeks ago in response to KONY 2012 - The Hype, The Technology and The Success
No rules | This is a good place to start: http://... 5 years 34 weeks ago in response to Detox experiment
Jobs | Did you see this article? http://money.cnn.com/... 5 years 35 weeks ago in response to Jobs or the Environment?
I thought of your post when I read this OWS poem | Still Trying to Overcome By Louise Annarino It... 5 years 42 weeks ago in response to What will become of Occupy Wall Street?
Thanks for sharing | That's an inspiring poem. Thanks for sharing... 5 years 42 weeks ago in response to Images of a Poem Close to Many Hearts
[Source: Misconception | [Source: Misconception Junction] 5 years 43 weeks ago in response to Thanksgiving