Power Lesson: “This I Believe” Essays
This assignment builds bonds between students and prompts them to be more intentional with the language they use, both in word choice and rhetorical strategies.
Is Your Lesson a Grecian Urn?
Far too many students are doing projects that look creative but offer almost no opportunity for real learning. Time for the Grecian Urns to go.
How to Approach Your Teaching Like a Master Chef
If we want our lessons to have a long-lasting impact on our students, we need to design our instruction the way a chef prepares a good meal.
Graphic Novels in the Classroom: A Teacher Roundtable
Four teachers discuss how using graphic novels has enriched their instruction, strengthened student comprehension, and engaged their most reluctant readers.
How Dialogue Journals Build Teacher-Student Relationships
Dialogue journals are a powerful tool for building trust with your students. Learn how they work.
16 Ideas for Student Projects Using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms
Your students probably already use these tools to write papers or create presentations, but they could be doing other projects you may not have thought of.
9 Tips for Engaging Your English Class with Pop Culture
I have the greatest success in engaging students when I make deliberate connections between my students’ most popular interests and the “stuff” of my class.
Building Relationships with Students Through Books
Talking about and sharing books has become an integral part of my daily interactions with students and a pivotal part of relationship-building with them.