Finding All Students in Text

Walter Dean Myers, author of Monster,  Fallen Angle, and Scorpion, among others young adult novels,    was quoted in the New York Times as saying, “Books transmit values.  They explore our common humanity.  What is the message when some children are not represented in those books?”  As a self-professed ‘book nerd’ I found my friends in … Continue reading Finding All Students in Text

On Teaching Shakespeare and Skinning Cats

by Adrin Fisher There’s more than one way to skin a cat. This gruesome proverb, with roots in Renaissance England, describes precisely how a teacher in the early twenty-first century should be teaching Shakespeare:  however she can. During my career, I’ve taught at least one play by The Bard per year—sometimes three. That’s no surprise.  … Continue reading On Teaching Shakespeare and Skinning Cats

A Lesson I Love: Channeling Understanding by Design to Create Themes

BY: LIZ KEIPER “Am I really teaching my students what I need to teach them? I mean, I’m meeting the standards, and they’re doing work, reading things, writing things, and whatnot, but… Are they really getting… what I want them to get from this?” I’m pretty sure that every teacher has moments of existential crisis … Continue reading A Lesson I Love: Channeling Understanding by Design to Create Themes