Common Core Writing: First Day of School Assignment

Yesterday was the first day of school for our students.  Often it is difficult to have something for students to do right out of the box on the first day, since our syllabi may not have arrived from the copy center, our room may not be 100% ready or we may not have written aContinue reading “Common Core Writing: First Day of School Assignment”

Writing Faux Pas: Lazy Usage

As an English teacher I have seen it all, it seems.  Over the course of nearly 15 years of teaching, I have seen many mistakes and have corrected my fair share of lazy usage.  Unfortunately students often write like they speak or use texting language on everyday writing assignments. The following are some of theContinue reading “Writing Faux Pas: Lazy Usage”

Common Core Posters That Teach Writing Skills

I have been teaching Advanced Placement Language and Composition and Literature for over 10 years.  If you have been teaching any form of Advanced Placement, I have news for you: You are already teaching to common core standards.  Many teachers this time of year are scrambling to decorate their classrooms to best utilize the learningContinue reading “Common Core Posters That Teach Writing Skills”

5 Things I Learned About Effective Schools

For the past two weeks, I attended a Gear Up conference which was designed to help us implement the Common Core Standards, but also help us create a high performance learning environment in our school.  Here are some things I learned: 1.  Schools Are Museums – Technology is advancing at an alarming rate.  It isContinue reading “5 Things I Learned About Effective Schools”

An Interview With a Marketing Manager: Advice to Self-Publishers

Josh Mosey, who runs a blog here on WordPress is a marketing manager who owns his own marketing business, specializing in creating print materials for the publishing industry.  He has also worked at a book store for many years.   I was able to interview him about his industry and how he relates to self-publishers likeContinue reading “An Interview With a Marketing Manager: Advice to Self-Publishers”

The Whole Novel Method: Teaching Students to Think

I have discovered a way to teach novels or literature while teaching writing that best balances the learning experience for English students and gives us the tools to succeed in keeping with the Common Core Standards (CCS).  I did not come up with this method on my own, but found out about it through aContinue reading “The Whole Novel Method: Teaching Students to Think”

Getting Into College: Sports or Academics

; As a teacher, I have many students who are also athletes who struggle so hard to be very good at their chosen sport as well as work very hard academically to make the grade. My hat is off to these students who as a whole are forced to work harder at academics because ofContinue reading “Getting Into College: Sports or Academics”

Teacher Pay Raises: Breaking the Stigma

I have been teaching English in a public high school for 13 years.  We stopped getting our step raise as of 5 years ago and my wife and our four children have been living off of that salary, watching the cost of living go up by the day in this country.  I read a storyContinue reading “Teacher Pay Raises: Breaking the Stigma”

Common Core Standards: Requiring Students to Think

  As an English teacher in Oklahoma, I have been under the failed No Child Left Behind rules for some time now.  Recently, NCLB was “forgiven” for my state by the president.  I guess this means that we are not to be held accountable by the federal government if a student is truly “left behind.” Continue reading “Common Core Standards: Requiring Students to Think”