The Advantages of Teaching Whole-Class Novels (Edutopia featured article)

English teachers are typically literature lovers, so it is natural for them to share their passion for reading with their students by introducing them to great books. However, some teachers find the prospect of reading and analyzing an entire novel with their classes overwhelming or problematic. Teachers' most common concerns center around these questions: How … Continue reading The Advantages of Teaching Whole-Class Novels (Edutopia featured article)

A Balanced Approach to Teaching Literature: Pairing Whole-Class Novels with Independent Reading Choice

This is a companion to my Edutopia article, Getting Everyone on the Same Page. Since I believe that balance in all aspects of education is crucial, I teach whole-class novels right along with assisting my students in choosing the books they read independently. In fact, my middle school students are always in the process of reading … Continue reading A Balanced Approach to Teaching Literature: Pairing Whole-Class Novels with Independent Reading Choice

The 12 Cs of Student Engagement (Edutopia article and featured by the U.S. Department of Education)

Meaning is magnetic! Creativity is captivating! Passion is powerful! Emotion is engaging! Charisma is contagious! Discover compelling ways to draw your students in and invite them to dream and innovate. Transform your curriculum into exploration and adventure. Entice even your reluctant learners and hold them transfixed. There is a marked distinction, however, between teachers who … Continue reading The 12 Cs of Student Engagement (Edutopia article and featured by the U.S. Department of Education)

How to be a Fascinating Facilitator: The Teacher’s Lounge interview- part 2

I recently had the honor of being interviewed for a second time on The Teacher’s Lounge radio show podcast to talk about my book for teachers, The Firm, Fair, Fascinating Facilitator, and its companion workbook, The Teacher Tune-Up. (See below for a discount code directly through the publisher.) Where the first interview focused on positive classroom management (being firm) and … Continue reading How to be a Fascinating Facilitator: The Teacher’s Lounge interview- part 2

Seven Questions to Reignite your Teaching Passion and Purpose

Every teacher must find or rediscover their genuine excitement for educating and nurturing children. In fact, a teacher’s personal and professional sense of passion, pleasure, and purpose is just as vital for their students as it is for themselves. Everyone can readily agree that academic learning is a crucial goal of teaching, but educators, parents, and the public … Continue reading Seven Questions to Reignite your Teaching Passion and Purpose

Classroom Wisdom that Works: Two Powerful Books for Teachers by a Teacher

Inspire your Students, Engage your Class, Transform your Teaching! Finally, a fellow classroom teacher details how every teacher can develop their students' cooperation, confidence, creativity, and capabilities. Since all children require growth in these fundamental areas, these books explain how all four aspects of learning are equally important and inextricably intertwined. Learn how every teacher can all at … Continue reading Classroom Wisdom that Works: Two Powerful Books for Teachers by a Teacher

12 Ways to Teach Engaging Titles & Effective Conclusions

How many times have we as teachers wanted to push our student writers below the surface or beyond the obvious but had no concrete strategies for them to do so? The following writing approach provides every student, regardless of any current writing weaknesses, with a wealth of new ideas and profound perspectives for which to … Continue reading 12 Ways to Teach Engaging Titles & Effective Conclusions