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Do You Enjoy Teaching?

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Do You Enjoy Teaching?

How can we truly enjoy our jobs—even when teaching is more difficult than ever?

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Creative Educator Interview: Nathalie Roy

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Creative Educator Interview: Nathalie Roy

Have you ever wondered if Mythology could overlap with other subject areas—perhaps those that fall into the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) subjects? For Nathalie Roy, 2021 Louisiana State Techer of the Year, this isn’t mere musing; it’s a reality! In her course called Myth Makers, Nathalie takes a true hands-on approach to mythology! After reading the myth of Athena and Arachne, her students try their hand at weaving on cardboard looms. After reading “Jason and the Argonauts,” they complete a challenge to build a cardboard boat powered only by human breath! After reading about the Greek underworld,...

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Creative Educator Interview: Thomas J. Bussey

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Creative Educator Interview:  Thomas J. Bussey

Nothing is more inspiring than a fellow teacher who goes above and beyond in the name of creativity, and  Thomas J. Bussey, a 5th grade teacher in Fulton County Schools near Atlanta, Georgia, is a prime example of this. 

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Five Reasons to Teach "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and Other Short Stories by Washington Irving

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Five Reasons to Teach "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and Other Short Stories by Washington Irving

When the leaves start to change and the weather gets a bit cooler, that means it’s almost time for my go-to Halloween story:  Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” In the lineup of American authors, I feel like Irving gets short shrift. Sure, his stories aren’t super deep, but they’re fun, which should count for something! They are also some of the first works that can be considered distinctly American. Before I get too far ahead of myself, here are five reasons to teach the short stories of Washington Irving. Washington Irving was America’s first celebrity writer. In the...

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Five Ways to Spice Up American Literature

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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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