Looking for an outstanding professional development opportunity? Then the annual conventions of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Conference on English Leadership are for you! Boston, MA is the setting for the 2013 Conventions. See info at NCTE.ORG (November 14-17) and NCTE.ORG/CEL (November 17-19) The following are links to handouts from my [...]
Michael Blau recommends this site with links to videos for teachers. “Bringing multimedia into the classroom is a great way to engage students in learning. Supplementing lessons, opening up new interests, and offering inspiration, online videos make for an incredible teaching tool. In 2010, we covered our favorite 100 video sites for educators, and we’ve [...]
See Movie Trailer for Mark Mattison’s Sci-Fi Mystery for Young Adults Commander Chris and the Mystical Orb See teacher resources with vocabulary and reading reflection exercises at Mark Mattison website.
Midyear – A Good Time To Start Anew? Are you a new teacher? A veteran in the classroom? Or a student teacher just starting to plan for and work with students on your own? Wondering how to get off to a good start in the middle of the school year? Yes, the beginning of the [...]
Department chairs regularly seek for ways to use meeting time more efficiently and to keep up the spirits of their department members. Attached are ideas planned for the High School Matters Round Table discussion at the National Council of Teachers of English held November 15-20 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Please feel free to adapt, adopt [...]
One way to introduce students to the power of persuasion and to show them evidence of logical fallacies is to have them analyze advertisements in print and digital media. You can have students write and post their analysis or present their findings in a speech using visual aids. You may find paying attention to color [...]
I invite you to take a view minutes to view this slide presentation from author talks I given to help answer the question “Why Buy My Book?” Teaching Middle School Language Arts: Incorporating Twenty-First Century Literacies is a professional book designed for novice and veteran teachers, those who teach them, and those interested in the [...]
Looking for ways to incorporate technology and pop culture in your instruction? Check out the resources at FLOCABULARY . You’ll find ideas for teaching literary terms and for enhancing vocabulary study in general. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the literary terms page to see the list of terms taught on other [...]
Lisa Westbrook has used an on-line program, PREZI to design an engaging lesson to introduce students to poetry analysis. See ways you can enhance your instruction by adapting or adopting this technology to present these concepts. Check out TPCASSSTT Poetry Analysis by Lisa Westbrook.
Frank Baker writes about using documentaries in the classroom, “This page is for teachers who may already use documentaries in instruction, or those who wish to begin using them in the classroom. Like all media, documentary producers have a point-of-view and it is up to the audience (our students) to be able to decipher it, deconstruct [...]