Getting Children to Understand The Value of Teaching Shakespeare

Every year, I get to the part in my high school curriculum where I start to introduce Shakespeare's Macbeth. And every year, the students complain. "Why do we have to read this?" "What's even the point of Shakespeare?" "I don't understand anything that's happening right now." "What is this?!" And every year, I tell them [...]

By |2019-11-12T12:18:10-05:00November 12th, 2019|Ask a Teacher, Common Core, High School|0 Comments

Dear Teachers, Parents, and Teachers Who Are Parents: You Do Not Need To Trust Your Teen, They Need To Trust You

Teenagers are weird and stupid. They make rash, half-cocked decisions creating consequences that bring parents to their knees. Since our oldest became a teenager two school years ago, I have prayed so frequently that my deceased, Catholic grandparents would be proud. I am not a good Christian or particularly spiritual, but being a mom of [...]

By |2019-11-08T11:41:21-05:00November 8th, 2019|High School|0 Comments

Reading Groups, A Valuable Tool

As teachers, we are always trying to get our students to read more. Reading is important in helping our students grow as critical thinkers and expanding their view of the world around them. However, at times, it can be difficult for students to choose their own books.  Some students struggle to get into any book [...]