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January 9, 2020

Whether you’ve been back to school since August or started school this January, building classroom community is a priority for many teachers at this time of year. Fostering relationships with students is one of the best ways to create community .

To help give inspiratio...

November 25, 2019


    One of the charges of the NCTE Standing Committee on Global Citizenship calls for members to “encourage the integration of global and international literature.”

    On the surface, this charge seems straightforward and manageable. Howeve...

Last year I took four of my high school students to a nearby middle school to talk about writing. We had a great time, and on the way home, they started talking about new teachers in our school.

“It’s always an interesting social experiment when you get a brand-new teac...

September 1, 2019

Whether you’ve been back to school since July or started school this month, building classroom community is a priority for many teachers at this time of year.

Fostering relationships with students is one of the best ways to do this.

To help give inspiration on this topi...


     If you are looking for ways to enhance your personal and professional development, or growth opportunities for your students, studying abroad is one of the best options. The impact of spending time in another country on one’s personality is enormous, especi...

July 1, 2019

It’s a few minutes past 3 p.m. on that last day of school, when all the kids are suddenly gone, and the silence is deafening. No more shouts, no scrape of chair legs, no relentless grinding as the pencil sharpener gnaws painted wood to the nub.

There’s a deeper kind of...

June 4, 2019

As a current Kent D. Williamson Policy Fellow at NCTE, I have had rewarding opportunities to converse about implementing policy-based instructional decisions as a classroom teacher. While enjoying the daily teaching interaction with my fantastic sixth- and seventh-grad...

Ernest Morrell noted that critical English education should support students in developing “skills that allow them to create their own critical texts that can be used in the struggle for social justice” by drawing on the “everyday language and literacy practices of ado...

Bruce A. Goebel, author of Humor Writing: Activities for the English Classroom, says that incorporating humor writing into the classroom not only reduces student anxiety but also provides them with an opportunity to study and practice the careful and effective use of l...

January 26, 2019

“I hate reading in school,” sighed one of my most prolific sixth-grade readers, walking into my class early as was her habit.

“What? Why?,” I asked surprised.

She looked down, “’Cause I hate writing constructed responses after.”

Without realizing it, I was killing my stud...

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