Reclaiming the Virtues of Teaching

The Virtues of Teaching

This post originally appeared on Edutopia.org In a recent Gallup poll, 43 percent of people said that they didn’t want their children to become teachers. It was 33 percent a decade earlier. I am fearful of what that signifies for teachers and for students. Who will lead us in the future if we don’t honor … Read more…

Why Diction is Important

Diction

I blame it all on SparkNotes. For every summary it provides, there are “Themes, Motifs & Symbols.”  When students visit sites like it, Shmoop, and LitCharts, they come away with the impression that the sole purpose of a work of literature is to exist through its symbols and motifs. It is a poor form of … Read more…

Chris Bronke

Chris Bronke

Episode #86 Christopher Bronke has been teaching English for 13 years and is in his 5th year as English Department Chair at Downers Grove North. In this role he teaches 9th-grade honors, evaluates teachers, oversees the literacy coaching program, plans and implements PD, and works with other district leaders on CCSS integration/implementation and common assessments … Read more…

What is Syntax?

What is Syntax

In his 1985 book, 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing: Proven Professional Techniques for Writing with Style and Power, Gary Provost demonstrated what happens when a writer experiments with syntax: This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The … Read more…

Monica Burns: Class Tech Tips (Episode #85)

Monica Burns: Class Tech Tips

Dr. Monica Burns is a Curriculum and EdTech Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of ClassTechTips.com. As an educator, Monica was part of her school’s Federal Magnet Funding leadership team and was a vocal advocate for bringing 1:1 technology into her 5th grade classroom. During her tenure as a classroom teacher, Monica used iPads to … Read more…