On John Green, and Why I Love Him

Libba Bray

Last night, ugliness again crept into the Twittersphere, it seems. This time, some terrible, spurious claims were made against John Green. I’m not going to link to the comments here. No doubt, you can Google them. But they were hateful enough and awful enough and WRONG enough that I felt compelled to say something this morning.

This has become, sadly, a familiar scenario where social media is concerned. There’s so much that’s terrific about the Internet: It can provide context and community. It can give visibility to those who have been marginalized. It can be an agent of social change. It can be a place for innovation and discovery. It can help kids sorting out their identities feel validated. All of this is amazing stuff.

But the Internet can also be a very ugly place, the equivalent of the worst middle school cafeteria ever—everybody camped at their tables waiting for…

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Nerds of a Feather

One week to go before school begins! Today I spent a wonderful afternoon discussing Reading Workshop with colleagues. Some of us are trying it for the first time. Others shared their experiences and resources. This was not official professional development but every bit as valuable — maybe more so, since it came from a common interest and a genuine desire to improve our teaching in ways that feel right to us. Choice and authenticity… sound familiar, Reading Workshop teachers?

Being nerds, the conversation often turned to other important matters, including The Dresden Files, Doctor Who, Outlander, Homestuck, manga, anime, writing, cosplay, RPGs, and Nerdfighteria. I am so fortunate to have found kindred spirits whose enthusiasm for life and for teaching reaffirm that I am in the right place. DFTBA!