Tag Archives: English

Reflections on Co-Teaching

I get to co-teach for the first time in my professional life as an educator in my new position at the International School of Düsseldorf. And. I. Love. It. I work with other educators in sciences, math, and humanities to … Continue reading

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Dear Professors: Stop Lecturing. Now.

When I first started teaching, I incorporated mini-lectures about authors and about the various historical or social contexts in which our texts were written in order to guide my class to new insights about a text. It seemed logical to … Continue reading

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Working Toward Literacy in Rural New York

Most educators know that reading is good for students and their schools. After all, independent reading helps students build background knowledge and vocabulary; strong reading habits are also associated with higher scores on standardized tests. How then, do educators turn … Continue reading

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Strategy Share: Graffiti

This is a cooperative learning activity that emphasizes deeper understanding of a topic and reflection. I picked this up from a wonderful professor at Ithaca College where I received my M.A.T. Materials needed: Chart paper, large classroom space, multicolored markers … Continue reading

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Teaching Students to Ask Good Questions

When students learn to ask good questions, they are more empowered to lead discussions; this skill also has the potential to help students become more personally invested in course topics. After all, when students take responsibility for guiding conversations, they … Continue reading

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Teaching Students to Revise

Experienced writers know that revision is an essential component of the writing process: It provides us with a way to tinker with ideas, to smooth out sentences, and to hone our voices. I’m never satisfied with my first draft because … Continue reading

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Book Talk: Reasons to Teach “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

In case you didn’t already know… The Hunger Games is the first book in a critically-acclaimed trilogy by Suzanne Collins. It’s a dystopian, science fiction novel that takes place in Panem, a country that consists of 12 impoverished Districts and … Continue reading

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