Book Talks

Introduce Students to Books Old and New Responding to Rena's posting "I  would like to do book talks with my grade 8 class, but I'm not sure how to get started.  Has anyone got any suggestions as to what the best approach would be?  Your suggestions are appreciated!" One approach:…

April is Poetry Month 2017

How are you going to celebrate in 2017?   "What you learn through reading and writing poetry will stay with you throughout your life," Michelle Obama said in a statement about a national initiative to support the study of poetry. "It will spark your imagination and broaden your horizons and…

Oral Book Report Prep

Practice together, then assign students oral reports on independent reading books. Adapt the handout for a whole class or small group assignment and have student complete the form based on a book the class has just finished reading.  (Great way to review a book before an end-of-book assignment.) Then use similar…

Talk Teaches

Sentence Starters Invigorate Conversation   Guided talking teaches students to think, listen, and rethink. Observing students talking teaches teachers what they need to teach next.  Here's a flyer with SENTENCE STARTERS from I found on Pinterest that may be just what you need to jump start conversations between and among students.…

Mentoring is the Key!

Most long term teachers are successful and satisfied in the profession because of the generosity and support of those who came before. We think back with sadness that for want of a capable, compassionate mentor, too many eager and talented novices drop out before they had gained the confidence and…

Convention Discount Approved

[caption id="attachment_387" align="alignleft" width="300"] Scissors cutting through dollar note[/caption] August 16, 2016 Dear Retired and Soon-to-be Retired Friends, Thanks so much for taking the time to read our update on Emeritus Assembly (EA of NCTE).  We hope you're enjoying your summer!  Here are some announcements, invitations, and important notes about…

Evaluating Proposed Solutions

Educators today are using blogs as a way for students to practice writing persuasive and argumentative essays based on current events.  Some middle and high school teachers are not sure how to guide their students in ways that will assure the proposed solutions backed by solid evidence.  Some students are unclear about how…

OKAY LATE Pass

MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF   High school and college students often have complex schedules. Events in and out of school that are beyond their control can cause them to skip assignments or endure penalties for late ones. The issue may arise due to sports, arts, a big project in another class, work, family, or…