Archive for October 2012

The 2012 Presidential Debates: Teachable Moments

Good teachers want to incorporate current events into our classrooms.  But’s it’s hard.  This takes strategic planning and we can feel like we’re creating lessons that won’t live beyond this moment in history—it’s frustrating. I still struggle.  But I found a way to use the 2012 debates in my high-school English classes so students gather... Read more »

Writing a personal statement: how narrative writing works in high school

Many teachers start the year focusing on narrative writing.  It’s a good move.  By helping students tell their stories, or write their own counter-narratives as Dr. Theresa Perry argues, we help students see that their experiences fight against deficit-based perceptions. For high-school seniors, this focus is especially valuable because they need effective personal statements for... Read more »