#15 Thrive with Meenoo Rami, creator of #engchat

Meenoo Rami English teacher, author of Thrive (Science Leadership — Philadelphia, PA)  www.meenoorami.org  Resource of the Week: www.commonlit.org  It was founded in December by a group of about 15 former middle school reading teachers who are current graduate students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. It thinks scripted curricula disempowers teachers, so Common Lit provides four valuable … Read more…

#14 Teach Like a Pirate with Dave Burgess

Dave Burgess       US History, author, workshop/seminar presenter (West Hills High School — San Diego, CA)            Resource of the Week: www.newsela.com (Bethany Whinnem, Fairhaven High School) NewsELA provides high interest nonfiction articles about current events that are updated daily. There are several benefits of the website: 1. The same article can be … Read more…

#13 40 Years in the Classroom with Laura Robb

Laura Robb  Author, teacher, coach, and 43-year veteran of teaching  (Virgina)            Resource of the Week: New York Times most emailed articles   (email me your favorite resource talkswithteachers@gmail.com)    Segment I – Background and Inspiration Tell your story. Where are you from and how long have you been teaching? What classes have you taught?  … Read more…

#12 Using Twitter to Your Advantage — Starr Sackstein

Starr Sackstein  English and Journalism teacher (World Journalism Preparatory School —  Queens, NY)    January Contest: Win a Copy of Carol Jago’s With Rigor for All by emailing me a lesson that worked (email)    Segment I – Background and Inspiration Tell your story. Where are you from and how long have you been teaching? What classes … Read more…

Speed Dating for Research Papers

Teacher:  Mary Tedrow School:  John Handley High School, VA Class:  High School Speed-date your research papers. There is nothing worse than taking home a pile of papers, spending a weekend marking them up only to have students ignore the marks, repeat the mistakes, and learn nothing in the process. The next time a major paper is … Read more…

#11 The Maker Movement with Jeff Charbonneau (2014 National Teacher of the Year)

Jeff Charbonneau  2013 National Teacher of the Year STEM Teacher (Zillah High School —  Zillah, WA)    January Contest: Win a Copy of Carol Jago’s With Rigor for All by emailing me a lesson that worked (email)    Segment I – Background and Inspiration Tell your story. Where are you from and how long have you been … Read more…

Reading Slaughterhouse Five to Battle Senioritis

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What works for me in the English classroom is the novel Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.  Something truly transcendent happens to second-semester high school seniors when they read Slaughterhouse-Five.  They begin to see the potential that they possess to act with purpose and conviction in the world.  Many second-semester seniors who have excelled for four years and been accepted to college, those who have in every sense but the physical already matriculated, live in the grips of an odd malaise.  They see high school as infantile, the remaining weeks of their high school career as a series of inevitable and useless events (aside from prom, of course) that will have absolutely no bearing on their prospects for future success or happiness.

As a teacher of second-semester seniors, I share a plight nearly as hapless as theirs.  My lot in life is to find ways to keep them engaged.  Last year, I attempted this by instituting blogging in my classroom.  I knew that I might be on to something when my wife, observing the blog over my shoulder one night, exclaimed, “They’re really writing essays, but they have no idea that they’re doing work!”  As students began to respond to the novel, to me, and most importantly to one another, I discovered the true power of this novel that has held teenagers in its sway for decades. … Read more…

#9 Debating in the Classroom with Tim Averill

Tim Averill HS English Teacher (Waring School, MA), AP Community Moderator, St. Johnsbury Summer Academy Facilitator   January Contest: Win a Copy of Carol Jago’s With Rigor for All by emailing me a lesson that worked (email)    Segment I – Background and Inspiration Tell your story. Where are you from and how long have you been … Read more…