Every year, teachers are asked to do more--close the gap, make learning fun, use technology, encourage independence, provide quality feedback, collaborate, and so on. It’s not easy finding a class structure that perfectly meets the needs of students, administrators, and classroom evaluators. When it comes to teaching writing with mini lessons, however, you can get pretty close.Read More
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Grab your free list of of must-have titles for your classroom library right here! This list of young adult books is sorted by the type of reader you may encounter in your classroom. These are books that I personally have on my shelves and that my students have loved!
Hi, I'm Heather!
Somewhere between falling in love with literature and falling in love with helping young minds grow, high school English teachers often get lost–in new ideas, administration expectations, office gossip, and naughty students! It’s hard to press on when we feel overwhelmed and ineffective.
I know this feeling because I’ve had it too! I’ve thought about walking out of my classroom door and never looking back. Instead, however, I asked myself, “Why did I do this in the first place? Why did I get this degree and take this job?”
My answer is always the same: literature is pure magic. It has inspired me, motivated me, and taught me throughout my whole life. Everyone deserves to connect to a profound piece of literature. And when I remember that, my job began to feel less like a job and more like a calling.
So here I am, on a mission to help re-inspire teachers like you and get you psyched about the power of literature. As the kids say, “It’s Lit!” Teaching literature, that is.
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Resources to make teaching high school English engaging and stress-free!
I could not put We Are Not From Here down while reading it. This story about immigration, family, sacrifice, and the American Dream is full of adventure, hope, and heartbreak. If you’re looking for a young adult novel to add to your English class curriculum or classroom library, this is one you won’t want to miss.Read More
During my first year of teaching, my novel studies were a mess. We didn’t finish the first two books. I was up all night trying to plan the next day. I had no sense of direction and no idea how long any of my plans would take. Now, I can plan an entire novel study in under an hour. This post will walk you through the exact steps I take to plan a novel study quickly.Read More