Reading-Writing Reciprocity in the Intermediate Classroom

Teacher: Justin Stygles School:  Guy E. Rowe School (Norway, Maine) Grade:  6th For our maturing writers, classrooms are not truly conducive to real-life writing or curriculum demands so many examples of writing aimed at demonstrating application and understanding of particular writing concepts, developing a student’s craft or voice becomes a challenge. When writing narratives, students … Read more…

#8 The Teaching Channel’s Sarah Brown Wessling

Sarah Brown Wessling HS English Teacher, 2010 National Teacher of the Year, Host — Teaching Channel (Johnston, Iowa)   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 … Read more…

Showing-versus-Telling & The Walking Dead

Name: Rebekah O’Dell (@RebekahOdell1) Class: English 9 Standard School: Trinity Episcopal School, Virginia Intro The first twenty minutes of the pilot episode of The Walking Dead is virtually silent. I hadn’t remembered that when, out of desperation and end-of-October exhaustion, I agreed to show the episode to my ninth graders on Halloween. They begged. I was weak. … Read more…

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…