Last week I wrote about some myths people think about with Project Based Learning- especially in the secondary classroom setting. If you missed it, you can check it out here. Today I want to share a special invitation with you! One of the biggest reasons I see secondary ELA teachers shying away from PBL is … Continue reading Project Based Learning in Secondary ELA
True project based learning (PBL) is sorely missing in the upper levels of education and this is a problem. I have noticed some misconceptions of PBL actually is, why it is so critical for our secondary students, and steps you can take. If you are ready to jump into project based learning in your secondary … Continue reading Why You Should Add PBL Into Your Secondary ELA Classroom
Every so often I like to suggest a contemporary world literature text or YA book that I think would be a fabulous addition to your World Literature curriculum. Today, I am focusing on The Girl and the Goddess! Not only would this work well in a World Lit curriculum, but it would also be a … Continue reading Contemporary World Lit- The Girl and the Goddess
The bane of every English teacher’s existence- essays. Even the most seasoned of teachers can get bogged down with trying to grade them and give meaningful feedback. I have seen and tried several methods. Some great and some lackluster. However, last year I fell in love with 2-point rubrics…..and so did my students! Let me … Continue reading Grading Essays in a SNAP With 2-Point Mastery-Based Rubrics!
Rapunzel, Rapunzel! Let down your hair! We all know those words and the story, but what happens if we take a closer look? In this post I will be sharing how I challenge my students to look beyond the fun exterior of the classic fairytale and discuss social class inequalities. I’ll also be showing off … Continue reading Critical Lens Theory- The Marxist Lens and Rapunzel
Project Based Learning- Disney Movie Pitch Project I have had a lot of inquiries about my Disney movie pitch project over the years and today I am diving deep into the details! Since teaching is a second career for me, I love bringing real world project based learning to my students. With this project, they … Continue reading PBL- Disney Movie Pitch Project
Last week I wrote a post about 3 Modern Poetry Ideas to Make Poetry Less Sucky In Your Classroom. This week I wanted to dive a little more in-depth with two of these: slam poems and spoken word poems. These are 5 extremely powerful pieces to discuss cultural issues with your high school students. You … Continue reading 5 Powerful Slam Poems to Discuss Cultural Issues With High Schoolers
Do you find yourself hating poetry as much as your students sometimes? This post is definitely for you! Yesterday I posted this image in an English teacher FB group and asked what was something that is “shameful” for them to admit as an English teacher. I offered mine first. I have never watched nor read … Continue reading 3 Modern Poetry Ideas To Make Teaching Poetry Less Sucky!
Are you looking to add in a high interest text to your classroom? Who am I kidding; aren’t all English teachers ALWAYS looking for that?! I am going to cover a few of my favorite podcasts for the classroom over the next few weeks and today I am starting with my favorite- Limetown! You can … Continue reading Podcasts in the Classroom- Limetown
Japanese mythology and folktales continue to fascinate people all around the world. Many of my students every year are enthralled with Japanese culture, anime, and manga, so incorporating these stories into my classroom is only natural. The Bamboo Cutter and the Moon Child is a wonderful tale to weave in to your Japanese units if … Continue reading Japanese Mythology and Folktales- The Bamboo Cutter and the Moon Child