Neopronouns in the Classroom

I was perusing my Google News feed when I came across a New York Times article with the title, "What Are Neopronouns?" I'd never heard of a neopronoun before, but it sounded interesting, so I thought it would be a good time to learn about them. Before discussing neopronouns, it's important to define what a … Continue reading Neopronouns in the Classroom

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Discussion: James Hurst’s “The Scarlet Ibis”

If there was ever a one-hit wonder when it comes to short stories, James Hurst's "The Scarlet Ibis" is one. Published in 1960 in The Atlantic Monthly, it became a hit and appeared in countless text books. As an English teacher, it's easy to see why. There's a clear theme, tons of beautiful imagery, and, … Continue reading Discussion: James Hurst’s “The Scarlet Ibis”

My Experiences with Race, Racial Bias, and Racial Disparities in the Classroom

I was so proud of myself. Before graduation from New Jersey City University in 2011, I'd landed a teaching job. I was scared I wouldn't be able to find a job afterwards. A lot of my friends, who majored in subjects other than education, decided to stay in college to pursue their Master's Degree in … Continue reading My Experiences with Race, Racial Bias, and Racial Disparities in the Classroom

Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” as a Template for False Reality Narratives

I haven't quieted my reservations about Lucy Calkins' Units of Study, but one of the units I really enjoy is the dystopian unit (this, despite its lack of authors of color or diverse backgrounds, as per usual for TC). As mentioned in a previous post, I've dropped "Harrison Bergeron" as a read aloud and substituted … Continue reading Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” as a Template for False Reality Narratives

Student-Choice Assessments

In the past, I’ve used Independent Reading Checkpoints to assess students’ independent reading. However, after several conversations, and my own experience with the assessment, I’ve decided to discontinue its use. I’ve left the artifacts of the Independent Reading Checkpoint on the bottom of this page for your use. In my experience, teacher-prescribed text assessments do … Continue reading Student-Choice Assessments

Workshopping the Controversy about Dr. Seuss Enterprise’s Decision to Cease Printing of Select Books

There was big news in yesterday's Read Across America Day. AP reported that six of Dr. Seuss's books will no longer be printed due to racist imagery. This is a choice that Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the business that "preserves and protects the author's legacy" (AP) made. I went to Twitter and looked for responses, and … Continue reading Workshopping the Controversy about Dr. Seuss Enterprise’s Decision to Cease Printing of Select Books

Thoughts about “Harrison Bergeron,” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and “Speech Sounds,” by Octavia Butler

Since teaching with the Heinemann Units of Study, I've grown weary of "Harrison Bergeron," by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors. I could read Cat's Cradle, The Sirens of Titan, and Slaughterhouse Five a million times and never feel the groan of "This, again?" But "Harrison Bergeron" just doesn't do it … Continue reading Thoughts about “Harrison Bergeron,” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and “Speech Sounds,” by Octavia Butler

W. W. Jacobs’s “The Monkey’s Paw”–A Supernatural Story?

Wikipedia, despite educators across the globe claiming otherwise, is one of the most accurate records of information. No, you cannot just change something. In fact, I dare you. Go to an article and try to edit it. Your change will likely be there for less than a minute before one of the moderators swoops in … Continue reading W. W. Jacobs’s “The Monkey’s Paw”–A Supernatural Story?