Learning from Luis: A Teacher’s Memoir- International Literacy Association guest article

Luis was a particularly brilliant boy in my seventh grade English class in South Los Angeles. But like particularly brilliant kids can sometimes be, Luis initially decided that on all accounts he knew better than I did and that his teacher was the enemy. He fought me often and openly, but one thing I absolutely … Continue reading Learning from Luis: A Teacher’s Memoir- International Literacy Association guest article

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

Orphans & Outsiders: 8 Young Adult Books that Teach Gratitude, Grit, and Growth Mindset (U.S. Dept. of Education featured article)

Have you ever noticed that the main characters in a great deal of young adult literature are orphans? It has to be more than a coincidence that the inspiring protagonists of some of the most beloved books from the young adult canon are either parentless or are suddenly isolated from the love and support of … Continue reading Orphans & Outsiders: 8 Young Adult Books that Teach Gratitude, Grit, and Growth Mindset (U.S. Dept. of Education featured article)