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Five Ways to Spice Up American Literature

American Literature Teaching Ideas

Five Ways to Spice Up American Literature

I get it. Sometimes literature surveys can be boring, but they don’t have to be! 

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Why Young People Need Hero Stories Now More Than Ever

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Why Young People Need Hero Stories Now More Than Ever

Navigating the journey of life is tough, and students need to be prepared. As schools build up their support systems, there is an additional (and perhaps unexpected) way to fortify young people against the challenges of life: teach them hero stories. 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Teaching from Home Ideas

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Teaching from Home Ideas

We are the midst of a historic event. Now that many states are shutting down schools and looking at online teaching options, there are many swirling questions about education: When will we go back to school? How will learning continue in the meantime?  I feel for the high-school students who have to face the possibility of missing proms, sporting events, performances, and graduations. As troubling as all this uncertainty is, here is an encouraging thought:  Historic events like this one tend to reshape how we view our world and each other. Many previous generations have been defined by the obstacles they...

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Great Short Stories to Teach to High-Schoolers

Short Stories Teaching Ideas

Great Short Stories to Teach to High-Schoolers

I’d like to share with you a list of my favorite short stories to teach to high-schoolers. This list might surprise you—not because of what is listed, but because of what isn’t

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A Message from My Podium: My Teaching Philosophy

Encouragement Teaching Ideas

A Message from My Podium:  My Teaching Philosophy

Recently, I was asked to write up my philosophy of education. I hadn't done this since my college days. (You know, before I knew anything about teaching!) Needless to say, a few things have changed about my philosophy. To structure my philosophy, I used the three messages on my classroom podium, but I have to give credit where credit is due. Those messages were created by my wife, who has them in her classroom as well. (I'm a copycat.) So here is my philosophy of teaching. Hopefully, it will reinforce in your mind what an important job we have as teachers! Across...

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