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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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Detox 1.12.12 Independence with the grid | Are you a Power User of Youth Voices? Check out Youth Voices Spring 2012 Power Users' Guide (Common Core) https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B52TLTNub3z9NWVjNTJlNDMtOTlkYy00NzczLWE... (Revised January... Added on Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 11:38, with
Music! | John Cage said that we are all born composers, "then we go to school and learn to write." I'm wondering if programs like this can equal the score. Added on Monday, November 14, 2011 - 22:51, with 1 comment(s)
Annotating together: Articles about Occupy Wall Street | Go here to insert your comments on this article. Please log in to your Google account so that we can keep track of your comments.: The Audacity of Occupy Wall Street - The Nation https://docs.google.... Added on Monday, November 14, 2011 - 10:49, with
Detox experiment | We should start a new channel. Added on Friday, November 4, 2011 - 14:08, with 2 comment(s)
Reading Survey | Loading... Added on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 16:23, with
The Loop Writing Process | "The loop writing process is a way to get the best of both... control and creativity. On the one hand it lets you steer where you are going... But on the other hand it expands your point of view....... Added on Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 20:54, with
Occupy Youth Voices | First Your first step, perhaps, is to learn more. (Using these launch pages may not always be the first thing you do. And returning to them later in your inquiry would be a good idea too, since they... Added on Monday, October 10, 2011 - 10:49, with
Black Boy | We are developing a VoiceThread together as we read Black Boy together. You can simply read from the text, dramatize a section, tell your own story that is related to something in the novel, or... Added on Friday, October 7, 2011 - 10:28, with
Answer "Who am I" with four photos | Add four Creative Commons images to a Google Presentation to represent yourself with image and text. Either Describe a process you have gone through in your life. Break it up into four... Added on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 22:37, with
Photographable Questions | This exercise will help you think more about what interests you and what you're curious about. After that, you'll photograph some of your interests. If you are using Google Docs, make your teacher a... Added on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 12:44, with
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Youth Voices LIVE! Fridays at 10am PT/1pm ET | How does this look?   Proposed times Friday... 2 years 5 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 5 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 12 weeks ago in response to Emailing Experts for Angkor Paper
Cool | Can't wait till this finishes! 4 years 17 weeks ago in response to Best accomplishment
From the Youth Voices Twitter feed | @youthvoices KONY 2012 #StopAtNothin... 5 years 2 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 9 weeks ago in response to Detox experiment
Jobs | Did you see this article? http://money.cnn.com/... 5 years 10 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 17 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 17 weeks ago in response to Images of a Poem Close to Many Hearts
[Source: Misconception | [Source: Misconception Junction] 5 years 18 weeks ago in response to Thanksgiving