I think a lot of high school teachers figure that independent reading isn’t necessary for older students, is too “baby-ish”, or is a waste of time among a jam-packed curriculum. This blog post isn’t to explain my rationale for independent reading with high school students. Rather, I want to share what it looks like in my classroom.
Sometimes we need to see what other teachers have been through–their trials, failures, and successes–to better understand how we can improve our practice. Here I share some of my classroom experiences.
My Creative Writing class has become my favorite class of the day--something that completely shocks me. Here is why you, too, should consider overcoming any fears or hesitance, and jump right in to teaching a creative writing class of your very own.
We get so caught up in a curriculum, paperwork, standards, and observations that we often lose the magic of literature; The Hate U Give brought it back to my class.
I spent soooo long prepping materials for my The Hate U Give unit, that I almost don't know what to do with myself now that I'm actually teaching it! The first week of the unit, I was anxious every class period: what are my students thinking?…
You guys, I have never been so fired up to teach anything in my life.