Literary Symbols: A Reading Treasure Hunt

As a middle school ELA teacher, I regularly teach whole-class novels to guide my students beyond a surface reading of great books and toward a deeper understanding of the author’s use of literary devices—especially conflict, theme, irony, point of view, foreshadowing, and symbolism. Although symbols can be difficult for young readers to grasp, the quest … Continue reading Literary Symbols: A Reading Treasure Hunt

Lessons Learned from the Los Angeles Teachers’ Strike

As a Los Angeles Unified School District teacher for the past 26 years, I was hoping to complete my career without ever going on strike. Nevertheless, I joined the 98% of United Teachers Los Angeles members who voted late last year to authorize a strike because I wanted to force the district into serious, substantive … Continue reading Lessons Learned from the Los Angeles Teachers’ Strike