Teaching Amy Tan’s essay “Mother Tongue” in a high school English class opens up a world of learning and understanding…
Teaching English 1 doesn’t need to be stressful. In this blog post I cover how to develop lesson plans and outlines, create meaningful activities for your students, and suggested anchor texts — no stone will be left unturned! It’s time to get ready for success by delving into these key elements needed for teaching English 1 in an effective way
I know when October comes around, I want to do all the festive, scary Halloween things. This is why I…
Writing can be extremely fun or exhaustingly challenging for both students and educators. Most people think of English class as…
Literary elements refers to the concepts that make up a story. There are five main literary elements that students should know: plot, setting, conflict, character, and theme. These five elements are essential to a students understanding of a story beyond comprehending the narrative.
The first week of school is so exciting! And if you are anything like me, you start thinking about what fun activities for the first week of school you can try out with your new students.
Maker spaces in the high school English classroom lead to students that are more engaged and active in their learning process
The end of the school year is one of the most exciting times for teachers and students. It is a time of transition and reflection. Best of all it is a time of celebration. Keep students engaged with these six creative and fun end of school year activities for high school.
Interviewing for a new English teaching position can be equal parts scary and exciting. In this blog post, I go over how I prepare for interviews.
Philosophical chairs are an activity that gets students to take a stance on a blanket statement and try to convince their peers to move to their side. For example, a topic might be “Water is wet” and students must decide if yes, water is wet, or no, water is not wet. They use argumentation and reasoning skills to sway their peers.