Why Switching Subject Areas Was the Best Thing to Happen to Me

Many of us teachers have a subject area preference. We tend to be hyper-aware of our strengths and weaknesses, and our teacher preparation classes have taught us to be highly reflective. As a result, we also know how we learn best and what methods of study work most effectively for us. Additionally, we have interests… Continue reading Why Switching Subject Areas Was the Best Thing to Happen to Me

Why I Spend So Much Money on a Classroom Library

Getting our students to read can be one of the toughest challenges that language arts teachers face. We’ve all heard every reason out there for why our kids don’t want to pick up a book, or why they simply cannot do it. “I have no time because of homework”, “I can’t find a book I… Continue reading Why I Spend So Much Money on a Classroom Library

Teaching News Bias Without Being Biased

As a language arts teacher, the growing inability to critically analyze media, especially news media, can be disheartening. We are in the business of teaching our students to become critical thinkers, especially when reading and responding to content they read. Due to the increase in “fake news” that exists and the prevalence of news on… Continue reading Teaching News Bias Without Being Biased