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- Part 3: Adventures in Real Word English/Language Arts – Let Them Be Great - August 23, 2016
- Part 2: Adventures in Real World English/Language Arts: Making Them Care - August 4, 2016
- New School Year Advice from a Ten Year Teacher - August 1, 2016
I’ve always had a high-stakes class. English III has been an EOC(end-of-cours)e since my second year in education, and while it has always been a lot of pressure teaching a high-stakes class, there has been a certain amount of comfort because the kids knew they had to pass a state test. I also teach AP classes which have students who are (usually) self-motivated and ambitious. My new technical writing class is a little different.
We had our open house last week. Only half of my future technical writing students showed up, then most were on their cell phones during my presentation. I even corrected a student holding a full-blown conversation with his friend while his parents just sat there. I left the open house with mixed feelings. Not only is this class going to challenging because I have never taught it, but because of the students taking this class.