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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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Youth Voices LIVE! How do we disagree? | I want to invite teachers to help organize and support students who are using Youth Voices to get together a couple of times each month around a Big Question. This month's is: How do we disagree?... Added on Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 16:34, with 2 comment(s)
Stanley Nelson's "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" | I think students from Chris Sloan's classes went to see "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" today. I wonder if they might be interested to watch and comment on this interview from... Added on Friday, January 30, 2015 - 22:23, with
Ask Big Questions with NowComment | Recently, we added a new feature to Youth Voices http://youthvoices.net/askbigquestions, which can be accessed from the "Questions" tab on Youth Voices. We are planning to follow their monthly... Added on Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 22:08, with
Horse and Bear Fable | http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/24626604 Added on Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 10:08, with
Getting Started on Scratch | http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/24610841/ Added on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 15:51, with
Bay View Middle School, Green Bay, Wisconsin | Find the discussion posts and comments by our students by following the links on their profile pages. A Aaron A.J. Alec Alex Alexa Alexis Alli Ayssa Amber Andrew Anna Annabelle Ariel B... Added on Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 16:15, with
What Ruth Learns by Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out in the Music World | A description will soon follow, but tell us what you think! Here's the whole thing: Added on Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 09:18, with
Vamos a conectar | Vamos a conectar por hacer videos, grabaciones de audio y mensajes de discusión en español! Added on Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 13:09, with
Ten Fall Colors | I'm feeling good about the chilly days we've been having in NYC. Added on Monday, October 8, 2012 - 18:16, with
Using iTunes and NPR Podcasts for Research | Go on a free podcast spree on iTunes. The following steps are given more detail at apple.com/itunes/podcasts. 1. Open iTunes. If the program isn't on your computer yet, you may need to get a... Added on Monday, August 20, 2012 - 14:36, with
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Aliens! | I can't wait to show Jimmy Q http://youthvoices.... 5 years 20 weeks ago in response to The Alien Invasion has Arrived!
More conversation here on a podcast | Katie, Dominique and Farisa talk it over. 5 years 34 weeks ago in response to YES WE CAN: my experience in Grant Park on election day