Monthly Archives: April 2015

An Unforgettable Lesson

I recently wrote a post about “thinking outside the box” with lesson planning. While writing it, I began to reflect on particular lessons from my high school days as a student, and I thought about why these lessons were so impactful. … Continue reading An Unforgettable Lesson

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Cell Phones in the Classroom: Yay or Nay?

One day, at the start of one of my college education courses, the professor looked at the class and said, “Everyone, please take out your cell phones.” We all looked at him in disconcertion, but he simply waited for all of us … Continue reading Cell Phones in the Classroom: Yay or Nay?

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Letter to Future Selves

During the first week of school, I always have my students write a letter to themselves. I inform the students that I will not be reading the letters, so they can be personal and sincere. To encourage the students to write … Continue reading Letter to Future Selves

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Classroom Management

One of the main problems a teacher encounters is classroom management. It is said that the first day of school can really “make or break you,” but I do not believe that is entirely true. Yes, the first day is … Continue reading Classroom Management

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Teachers and Social Media

When I was in college, I was incessantly advised to abstain from social media. My education professors always warned about the dangers of it and shared horror stories of teachers losing jobs due to their social media posts. I was … Continue reading Teachers and Social Media

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Thinking outside the Box

What I truly love about Twitter chats is that some really get you to think. The other night during Ross LeBrun’s #totallyrossome chat, he challenged us teachers by giving specific scenarios in which we had to quickly devise a plan … Continue reading Thinking outside the Box

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National Poetry Month

Since it is National Poetry Month, it would only seem appropriate to have at least one post about poetry in the classroom. Coincidentally, my poetry unit always falls during the month of April. Originally, I had intended to teach the … Continue reading National Poetry Month

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Co-Blogging and Blogging as PD

Last Thursday, I participated in the monthly #LitLead Twitter chat, and the topic could not have come at a better time–this month’s topic was teacher blogging! #LitLead occurs on the second Thursday of each month at 8 pm (Eastern Standard … Continue reading Co-Blogging and Blogging as PD

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What to Do When Students Just Don’t Get It

When I was teaching A Separate Peace to a freshman English class, I tried to have my students understand that Gene is not a reliable narrator. Since the story is told through the first-person narration, we get a very biased view … Continue reading What to Do When Students Just Don’t Get It

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What Teachers Make

Two years ago, one of the vice principals in my district emailed the poem, “What Teachers Make,” to all of the faculty members. She came across it on the Internet and felt that it truly embodied ‘what a teacher makes.’ I enjoyed … Continue reading What Teachers Make

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