Students Have a Voice, Teach Them to Use It

Teacher: Starr Sackstein, NBTC Class: AP Literature School: World Journalism Prep (Queens, NY)   “I encourage disagreement” is a sign that adorns the wall above my desk. One of my students was enthralled with the saying as soon as words danced off my lips and into the pre-discussion atmosphere of my AP Literature classroom so much that he … Read more…

#6 The Souls of Students with Dan Sharkovitz

Dan Sharkovitz English Teacher/Department Chair — Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School    Segment I – Background and Inspiration Tell your story. Where are you from and how long have you been teaching? What classes have you taught?  – Dan has been teaching at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School since 1979. He began is teaching … Read more…

#5 Lesson Planning with James Cross

James Cross English Teacher — Lakewood High School/ Director of AP Oxford Academy    Segment I – Background and Inspiration Tell your story. Where are you from and how long have you been teaching? What classes have you taught?  – This is his 40th year in the classroom. He was hired over the telephone in … Read more…

What Worked: When Teaching Turns to Tech Support

Teacher: Glenn Morgan School: La Jolla High School (California) Grade: 11th Grade American Literature This week, I introduced the Peer Mark assignment, a service offered through turnitin.com, the anti-plagiarism (or, in their parlance, “unoriginal writing prevention) website. We’ve been working with various genres of media writing in my 11th grade Honors American Literature class, and I … Read more…

What Worked: Student-Led Assessment

Teacher: Carla Beard (retired) School: Connersville High School www.webenglishteacher.com The kids weren’t doing their homework, and I had resorted to the age-old stratagem of quick reading quizzes at the beginning of the period to remind them that they were accountable. However, I had run into a snag: students were failing the quizzes even though they … Read more…

#4 Teaching the Novel with Ariel Sacks

 Ariel Sacks   8th grade ELA teacher at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School (NY)    Segment I – Background and Inspiration   Tell your story. Where are you from and how long have you been teaching? What classes have you taught?    – Ariel has been teaching for 10 years. She is currently at Brooklyn Prospect … Read more…

TWT #1 Carol Jago

 Carol Jago  Nov. 18, 2013    Segment I – Background and Inspiration    Tell your story. Where are you from and how long have you been teaching?  What classes have you taught?   — She started student teaching, which turned into her first job because the master  teacher called in sick and never returned. That turned … Read more…

What Worked: Teaching Characterization in Difficult Texts

Teacher:  Eric Pollack Class:  12th Grade AP English Literature School:  CheongShim International Academy Time:  50 minutes   Objectives (2): 1)      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain. 2)     CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of … Read more…