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Return to Panem:Teaching Possibilities with The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

When the original Hunger Games series was released, with its conclusion published in 2010, I was busy teaching 8th grade English at a suburban/rural middle school in Tennessee. I immediately saw possibilities in the book and was encouraged by a colleague’s work with the first novel at another middle school. I began using the first [...]

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COVID-19 Has Made Me Rethink My Instruction: 5 Online Tools to Use in Language Arts Classes

We’re a week away from returning to in-person teaching for the new school year and the obvious anxieties and fear about being back at school, where the spread of COVID-19 feels inevitable and is on everyone’s minds. This year, teaching will take on new challenges and risks, and no amount of mental preparation will make [...]

The Instructional Programs and Curriculum are Fatally Flawed

By Guest Writer: Jill Jackson Imagine this: You are a teacher who shows up to professional development at the beginning of the school year and are told that the district has chosen the new English Language Arts/Math/Science/Art/P.E. program after a year-long pilot.  (I use the word “pilot” very loosely because typically the curriculum pilots have [...]

Fellow educators, do you care about other people’s children? How about migrant children?

Fellow educators, you have made a career centered around giving to children.  You have worked diligently to become an expert in your curriculum, designing dynamic lessons while connecting to the whole child.  You might even call the students on your rosters, "your kids."  With your compassion for other people's children as a focus, I ask [...]

Teaching Romeo and Juliet to Beginning Level English Learners

Guest Writer: Karissa Knox Sorrell Teaching English Learners who are new to the country and are non-English speakers is a challenge at every grade, but it can be particularly challenging at the high school level when students have to earn credits, pass multiple state end-of-course exams, and engage with complex texts on a daily basis. With [...]

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