Dave Stuart Jr. — Episode #91

Dave Stuart Jr

Dave Stuart Jr. is a husband and dad who teaches high schoolers in a small town. He is animated by a simple belief: all students and teachers should flourish. Every article he write, every lesson he teaches, and book he reads is driven by the certainty that that can, and must, happen. He is the author … Read more…

Alex Kajitani: Episode #90

Alex Kajitani

Fifteen years ago, Alex Kajitani was a struggling new teacher in one of California’s poorest neighborhoods. He’d left a potentially lucrative career in restaurant management to pursue his teaching dream, and now his inner-city middle school students were unmotivated, unengaged and uninterested in the math he was teaching. Demoralized and desperate, he set out on a journey to turn … Read more…

#89 Jim Burke of the English Companion

Jim Burke English

Jim Burke is the author of numerous bestselling books, including the English Teacher’s Companion and What’s the Big Idea? The question he’s always tried to answer is “How can we teach our students better?” He seeks these answers daily through his work in his own classroom at Burlingame High School in California where he still teaches after twenty years. … Read more…

Building Better Body Paragraphs

Body Paragraphs

In preparation for a mini lesson on body paragraphs that I taught this week, I purchased an essay-writing unit on Teachers Pay Teachers and was woefully disappointed. It packaged the same-old basic formula with fancy fonts and pretty borders: topic sentence example #1 explain the example example #2 explain the example concluding sentence I find … Read more…

David Miller: AP Literature Chief Reader

David Miller AP Literature

David Miller — Episode #87 An insightful thinker, an incredible scholar and well-respected English teacher at Mississippi College for more than two decades, David Miller received accolades as MC’s Distinguished Professor of the Year in 2013. Miller graduated summa cum laude graduate at 3,400-student Nyack College that’s known as New York’s Christian college. Founded in … Read more…

How to Craft a Killer Thesis Statement

Thesis Statements

Thesis statements are tricky. Maybe that’s because there’s so much pressure riding on them. I have heard that a thesis statement should distill all of the ideas of an essay into one or two sentences. It has also been said that the thesis statement is a road map, marking the path of an essay and … Read more…

The Ultimate List of 1984 Resources

1984 resources

If you teach 1984, George Orwell’s nightmarish novel of complete obedience in which Winston Smith’s quest for freedom, humanity, truth, and genuine emotion are annihilated in the face of totalitarian opposition, then comb your way through my list of teaching resources for the novel. It includes recent articles, supplementary books, teaching guides, videos, and biographical and … Read more…