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Lauren Fardig
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What is your connection to education?
High School Teacher
What subjects do you teach / specialize in?
English/ Language Arts
What 5 essential pop culture artifacts (CDs, DVDs, Books, Images, Toys, etc.) would you have on your desert island?
Otis Redding - The Very Best of Otis Redding
Gabriel Garcia Marquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude
Cowboy Bebop - The Complete Series on DVD
Salvador Dali - In Volupate Mars (photograph)
2pac - Greatest Hits Vol 1 and 2

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Using AIM Office Hours to Connect...

So I've had AIM (known to us 80's babies as AOL Instant Messenger, though the youngins know nothing of this) since 1994, and have had the same screenname since then. My students think this is hilarious, because they change screennames every 10 minutes. Last year, as I was trying to find ways to individually meet with each student in a grade conference in ELA, I realized that time was against me. There were not enough hours in a day (or even three!) to meet with 120 students, so I gave them my… Continue

Posted on March 28, 2010 at 6:28pm — 2 Comments

The motor city... get ready for the Live Poets!

While it's nowhere near as intensely populated or heavily trafficked as Making Curriculum Pop, my students and I have created a Ning where we'll continue posting our writing, photography, music and videos both in preparation for our workshop at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit next week (, and to document our trip. Keep it live and follow us (not on twitter, but on our own site!) as we traverse the midwest and… Continue

Posted on July 8, 2009 at 10:13am

Detroit on the Horizon!

Hey there,

So, as I'm on AIM with one of my Detroit project super-stars, emailing someone about our lodging, and working on updating the Ning we started, I'm feeling the tangible taste of this adventure. Backing up a bit, this is a trip that I conceived in my head before I ever taught at BK. I have attended the Allied Media Conference in Detroit for a few years now, and also the first ever conference, called the Bowling Green Zine Conference, in 1999 on the campus of BGSU, in Ohio. I… Continue

Posted on June 22, 2009 at 9:43pm

A Moment of Triumph, a moment of doubt

as I sent the acceptance email for our workshop at the allied media conference,

I felt a huge sense of accomplishment. I am taking steps to make this dream

come true. It’s just that the steps just seem so small, and the journey so far. I’m

not sure that this will happen for us. But I am committing to making it happen,

so it will be – I am the creator of my own destiny, right?

I had the students write “summer bucket lists” of things that they wanted to get… Continue

Posted on May 25, 2009 at 12:25am

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At 8:45pm on September 3, 2009, Ryan Goble said…
At 12:46pm on August 4, 2009, Joselyn Santos said…

oops heres the link
At 12:46pm on August 4, 2009, Joselyn Santos said…
Hey Laur thought you might like this vid of couture fashion and the egyptian gods.. thought you might be able to use it when you teach about ancient egyptian gods!
At 3:37pm on April 10, 2009, Susannah Brown said…
Hi Lauren,
I understand that you recently taught American Born Chinese. If you have anything you are willing to share I would really appreciate it. I have done comic terminology, background with the Monkey King character, and discussions on stereotyping. I'm really looking for something for the kids to do after we read each chapter. This is my first experience with a graphic novel (teaching or reading) and I feel a little out of my league.
Thanks, Susannah
At 3:37pm on February 19, 2009, linda mishkin said…
Laren, thank you for your kind words, and for emanating more positive vibes than you can possibly be aware your love of your students, in your never ending passion to do bigger and better things for and with them, and in your inspiring intelligence, creativity and compassion....
At 2:47pm on January 28, 2009, Ryan Goble said…
Hey did you make yourself sideways on purpose? Thanks for signing up - can't wait to work on this new unit with you!



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