One of the things I heard the most during my teaching experience was, “How does this relate to my future?” and typically students would say this in relation to learning how to read Shakespeare, writing research papers, or something that wasn’t ‘blatantly’ relevant to the contemporary world.
I would always tell them that English (especially writing and reading) were two of the most important and fundamental skills for survival. I would talk about resume-writing, job applications, sending emails, etc. – all the relevant ways we use our English-based skills every single day. Sometimes they would nod in agreement, or stand there silently taking note, or wrinkle their nose in aggravation that they hadn’t stumped me.
What I’ve learned, however, is that writing is not only essential, it’s actually beautiful. Since leaving the education world and diving headfirst into writing and editing for my full-time career, I’ve realized how valuable writing has been to me, and want to share that with you in hopes that you can encourage both yourself, and your students. Continue reading
In today’s day and age, technology is so very prevalent and while this can be seen as a downside to some, it can also be something that completely transforms the classroom in meaningful ways. However, as educators, it is of utmost importance to create boundaries between our social media profiles/personal lives and our role as teachers. Continue reading
Attention teachers! Today there is a sale at Teachers Pay Teachers! Continue reading
The NCTE and author Shalyn Getz shared a great number of resources for teaching argument writing. Here are the texts for upper grades (middle/high school). Continue reading
In a powerful letter by Darein C. Spann, a member of the Mississippi Association of Educators, he addresses the major concerns of the contemporary school system regarding test scores and how we, as a society must reduce the level of importance we place on these numbers. Continue reading
Have you heard of ‘DiSSS’ or ‘CaFE’?
These is Tim Ferriss’ framework for mastering new information, and it’s perfect for the classroom setting. Continue reading
Feedback is probably the most important aspect of student learning, as it helps individuals assess their progress, see areas of improvement, and know the steps to take moving forward. Continue reading