I work at a school for students with learning differences, so I’m always looking for ways to create multiple points of access for every text my students study. One of my favorite ways of doing that is through multimedia creation. In my experience, students learn immensely through making and doing. Among other methods, video production… Continue Reading »
Part IIa: A Brief Narrative Interlude: Other Inspirations and a Metaphoric Preamble On January 21st, I left you with a promise that I’d be back to talk about specific and pragmatic plans for applying the student-centered learning credo I learned, or at least had recharged, this summer at the Folger… but because I’m an English… Continue Reading »
Big thanks to everyone who made this year’s 9-day Secondary School Shakespeare Festival a total blast! Enjoy these photos of Festival goers from all kinds of classrooms in all kinds of schools all over the DC area. O joyful days!
I am an English teacher because of my English teachers. What dedication I have I learned from a man who had Paradise Lost taken off of his syllabus but came into work an hour early, each day, to teach it to a small group of curious readers. What patience I have I learned from… Continue Reading »
*Beware the ides of March…and join us for our live-streamed Master Class on teaching Julius Caesar! Since Caesar is in the air these days, we’re bringing you a special post on teaching meter in this play. Enjoy—and let us know how it goes!* With Julius Caesar, I introduce iambic pentameter to my students with a… Continue Reading »
Having a high proportion of ELLs in my high school English classroom, I saw that there was no quick fix targeting both language acquisition and literary reading…but I knew that our big textbook was not my answer. I was absolutely frightened to think about the struggles ahead of me when I confronted the Shakespeare unit… Continue Reading »