Shirley was right. Everybody actually has a blog. Now I can't say that I don't have a blog anymore.

I enjoyed the conference in Chattanooga immensely, although not too many people came to my workshop. Some people were afraid of the two-hour block. In the description, I should have put, "featuring 10-minute break!" Also, my title was accurate, but not too sexy. I wish now that I had titled it with a question, as follows:

"What if you designed a course with cutting edge reading pedagogy, solid composition pedagogy, and innovative adaptations of classical rhetoric, and then focused it on expository and persuasive texts, aligned it with high school language arts standards, and taught it in every high school in a whole state? Come and find out."

If anyone is interested, I have the handout packet and other materials posted for download at:

Again, it was a really cool conference and thanks to Lauren and her local team and Shirley and the Executive Committee for a memorable event.

John Edlund