Talks with Teachers Summer Book Club

Teachers Summer Book Club

It’s summertime and the reading is…a bit more relaxed. We can finally escape in the imaginative world of a novel, restore our own spirit with inspirational non-fiction, and learn something new for the following school year with professional books. The Talks with Teachers Summer Book Club We have run a summer book club  for years to … Read more…

Episode #81 — Jodi Rice

Jodi Rice AP Language

  Jodi Rice teaches AP Language and Composition, a social science course online, administers the online courses at The Bishop Strachan School. She also works on the AP Language and Composition Test Development Committee and coaches the Public Speaking and Debate team. In this episode you will learn: — How Jodi incorporate more nonfiction into … Read more…

3 Reasons Why Your Students Will Love Blogging

student blogs

I informally survey my students at the middle and at the end of the year to inform my instruction. I want to know what’s working, what’s not, and better understand each individual’s needs. It is a part of my continuous effort to get feedback to will allow me to adjustment my teaching, improve learning outcomes, and build rapport with my students. … Read more…

#78 Sarah Donovan of Ethical ELA


Sarah Donovan Ethical ELA provides teachers with that which is compassionate, just, and good in English Language Arts for the human beings with whom we are entrusted. Written by teachers, teacher educators, parents, and students for the good of humanity.   In this episode Sarah and I discuss: Her transition from social work to education … Read more…

Take Control of Your Professional Development: How Every Teacher Can Find Their Tribe

Teacher Professional Development

The Terrible Logic

Every teacher deserves better than the one-size fits all style of PD that they get spoon fed a handful of times each year.

You know what I’m talking about, the type where a faculty is herded into the auditorium after school and a speaker is chomping at the bit to lecture for an hour. Or, a one-day workshop is planned in which a consultant comes in, hands out some packets, offers ideas and possible solutions, and then gets the heck out of Dodge, never to be seen or heard from again.

I know I’m painting a pretty bleak picture of what PD looks like. It may not be true for you but it is true for a lot of teachers. The numbers bear this out. … Read more…

5 Non-Fiction Articles to Pair with Y.A. Literature (December)

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This is the first in a series  in which I’m collaborating with Heather Wolpert-Gawron. She is a middle school teacher in California, a podcaster and blogger. Heather also was a contributor to The Best Lesson Series: Literature, a compilation of lessons from 15 master teachers.

Heather will share five non-fiction articles to pair with middle-school level literature and I will do the same for the high-school level.

1. Don’t settle refugees in our states, Republican governors tell Obama

Written by: AP and Newsela Staff

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5 Non-Fiction Articles to Pair with High School Literature

non fiction articles to pair with novels

This is the first in a series  in which I’m collaborating with Heather Wolpert-Gawron,  a middle school teacher, blogger, and author from California. Not only was she a contributor to The Best Lesson Series: Literature, Heather also writes for Edutopia and coached of one of the largest middle school Speech & Debate teams in the country.

I’ll post her five articles to pair with middle school literature tomorrow.

 1. Dumb Kids’ Class

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