How do you assess? Do you go by how much time it takes to grade? Do you make your students write an essay because you need a writing sample for data? Do you give them a project you can glance at, use a rubric, and assign a grade? Full Disclosure Full disclosure- in my… Continue reading It Only Takes One Page- Assessing English Students with a One Pager
Whoa! An English teacher writing a blog post about not writing? What kind of alternate dimension have we entered? But it's true. I learned a valuable lesson last year, and I know it's one that could benefit other teachers, so I thought I'd share my experience. First off, if you don't know me, I… Continue reading Students Don’t Need to Write- Assessing Theme and Symbolism with Art
This coming school year will be my 20th as a teacher. Wow. I came to education in a very unconventional way. I was a psychology major at A & M, and I had my sites firmly set on a degree in psychology which I would then use to become an FBI profiler (I was heavily… Continue reading I Don’t Even Know Why I Teach: Defining My Teaching Philosophy
Guys, it's about to get real. I have been sitting on this blog post idea for a while, pretty much terrified of writing it, but knowing that it's one of the most real things I can talk about- how teachers are treated by other teachers and administration. Yikes. DISCLAIMER- my current job is the end… Continue reading Are you in an abusive relationship…with your job?
For several years, I had been wanting to change up the furnishings in my classroom. I kept seeing these cool "cafe/coffee shop" rooms that seemed to be a much nicer environment to learn in, never mind the hours I spend in my room as well. So I started collecting pieces from parent donations, garage… Continue reading Hygge and Harry Potter: Marrying my Love for HP with Flexible Seating in the Classroom