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We'll read our The Gift of the Magi #childrensbooks at the elementery school when we return from break. My HS students had so much fun creating and writing their own versions. check my blog to read more about this project. #teachersofinstagram #teachersoftpt #iteachela

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Going To College? Best Tips For A Successful Freshman Year From College Students And Professors #CollegeChat #oklaed…/going-to-college-best-tips-fo…/

One of my students received his acceptance letter from a local university just a few weeks ago. Not only was I really happy for him when he showed me the letter (and asked me if this really meant t…

reThink ELA #006: Interview with Marisa Thompson #podcastpd #ela #engchat #elaok

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As teachers, we should be modeling how to use the tools we're teaching our students and advocating for said students. In this poem I wrote for grad school, I do both.

Oklahoma schools have had enough — and it’s not just the teachers. Despite rising student enrollment, crumbling infrastructure, and…

Have you considered teaching The Hate U Give &/or All American Boys instead of TKAM? #litchat #aplitchat #rethinkela #apbkchat #ela…/rethink-ela-002-interview-wit…/

It’s so easy to do things as they’ve always been done. Why fix what’s isn’t broken, right? But what if that tried-and-true way of doing things doesn’t work in your cla…

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Some of the things our kids go through break our hearts...

Trauma in students' lives takes an emotional and physical toll on teachers as well. Experts weigh in on the best ways to cope.

Just as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley invented the modern “mad scientist,’ so does Lita Judge invent a new genre to tell Mary’s story…a graphic biography in verse. Judge creat…

Book Review: BANG by Barry Lyga Has No Easy Answers by Claudia Swisher #rethinkela #elaok #litchat…/bang-by-barry-lyga-has-no-eas…/

Note: This article is mostly copied from the review I wrote immediately after reading BANG, several weeks ago…this, frankly, has the strength of my visceral response. When I sit in my chair, …
What would you think if your principal said, “We’re doing away with report cards, but you still have to tell your students and their parents how they’re doing in class.” How…
In Part 1 of my article for reThinkELA, I discussed how I arrived at my decision to stop centering the dead White guys. For Part 2, I thought I’d address some of your potential concerns and how to …

Do you need an interactive, student-centered project that will encourage social justice awareness and group collaboration? Go beyond just reading dusty tomes written by dead people and regurgitating boring details. Delve into a TED Talk, a related poem, and follow them up with highly engaging student discussions. #socialjustice #teacherspayteachers #ela #writing #february #pbl #highschool #writing #diversity #race #humanrights

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It’s so easy to do things as they’ve always been done. Why fix what’s isn’t broken, right? But what if that tried-and-true way of doing things doesn’t work in your cla…

Authors share their reasons for writing about the diverse characters our students need to meet.

Top female authors Kelly DiPucchio, Anna McQuinn, Debbie Levy, and Asia Citro tell us about the diverse females in their award-winning children's books.