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So far Alex Springer has created 6 blog entries.

A New School Year: Here Comes the Fear Again

I’m starting my fifth year as a high school English teacher.  I have a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, I’ve established myself as a solid member of a department that could give the X-Men a run for their money, and I’ve gained enough political clout to be relocated from a small, windowless classroom (which I affectionately [...]

By | August 20th, 2013|Featured, High School, High School, Management|1 Comment

Teaching Through Trickery: A Snapshot of Theory vs. Reality

During my first year of teaching high school, I inherited a remedial reading class that consisted of about eighteen unmotivated juniors.  Having just finished a graduate program in educational psychology with emphasis placed specifically on reading and literacy, I saw this as an opportunity to take all of those research-based best practices and make readers [...]

Kill Your Idols: A Case for Contemporary Literature

When I go out to eat, I often eavesdrop on the conversations of my fellow diners.  Not long ago, I listened in on a particularly interesting discussion that involved two teachers.  They were discussing a familiar quandary among English teachers: What are the virtues of teaching classical literature to a generation who just doesn’t [...]

By | February 6th, 2013|Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Uncategorized|7 Comments