Tackling Our Students’ Mental Health Through Literature

As a secondary English teacher, mental health is a huge issue I’ve faced, both in and out of the classroom. I’ve also seen this in my personal life, with friends, siblings of friends, and people I’ve encountered who have battled depression and other mental illnesses.

These illnesses are disabling, their crippling, and they make a huge impact on the way we learn and approach the world.

That’s why awareness, understanding, and compassion are THE most important ways, as teachers, we can connect with our struggling students. Continue reading

Contemporary Music & Reading

“Hey, can I talk to you for a minute?” I pulled one of my Book Club students aside after class. He had been dozing on and off the entire thirty minutes (yes, Book Club is only thirty minutes) and I wanted to see what was up. “Look,” I said, “I know you’re tired, but it hurts my feelings when you fall asleep during my class. What if you were telling me a story about your weekend and I closed my eyes and started snoring. How would you feel?” Continue reading

Awesome Reading Resources for the Classroom!

As an English/Reading teacher, I love love love finding awesome websites for students to play around with when they’re done working on a class assignment, when there’s a few minutes left of the period, or when they are looking for something fun and relevant to their age to read! Here are a list of a few websites that you just have to check out and point your students towards! Continue reading