I've spent my life and almost all my energy in education. I'm a teacher educator, currently Professor of English at Stony Brook University, SUNY. I began my career at Columbia High School in East Greenbush, NY (1988-92); was a full-time doctoral student and part-time writing & English instructor at Syracuse University (92-96). I directed the Mid-State Teacher Center in Verona, NY (96-97), and then became an assistant professor of English at Illinois State University (97-2003) before I moved to Stony Brook in August 2003. I was editor the National Council of Teachers of English's _English Journal_ (2008-2013), and served on the executive board of the English Language Arts Teacher Educators (ELATE). I'm also a strong unionist (former member of the statewide executive board of the United University Professions (NYSUT)), and I was an associate dean and then dean; thus, riding the borders of management and labor. The opinions expressed in my blog are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of Stony Brook University, NCTE, UUP, or any other group of which I am a member. Please follow me @Klind2013

Teaching After Tragedy

The massacre in Orlando has spurred many complicated thoughts for me and for everyone I know. It’s a time of sadness, anger, unity, energy. It can feel overwhelming. Can you imagine what it’s like for school-age children and adolescents? A former student asked me recently, what goes through a teacher’s mind in a situation like… Read More »Teaching After Tragedy

Parents: Allies, Not Enemies

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I’ve been teaching the first-semester course in a teacher education program since 2003. This is the very first course that students take after they’ve been admitted to the teacher education program. On the first evening of class, I always ask the students to work in groups to answer the following questions: What are you most… Read More »Parents: Allies, Not Enemies

The Value of Nervousness

Tonight is the first session of a new class I’m teaching. At this stage in my career, I’ve been in this situation over 100 times. Here’s a confession: I am still nervous.  I’m not afraid anymore. I am confident things will go well enough. But I am nervous about making sure I do my job well, that… Read More »The Value of Nervousness

When We Use Grammar

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Cherished colleagues of mine recently gave me the greeting card above. I have too much to say about grammar in general to write in a single post, so I’ll just write a quick one here to make a point. I LOVE this card. I think it’s funny, and I love that grammar is personified and is… Read More »When We Use Grammar