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
Directions and screencasts so you can Detox section like this one to your profile
Detox: Notice. Dream. Connect. Do.
Posts by Paul Allison
|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|
Comments by Paul Allison
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|Aliens! | I can't wait to show Jimmy Q http://youthvoices....||5 years 26 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 39 weeks ago in response to YES WE CAN: my experience in Grant Park on election day|