Word of the Week – A Year-Long Vocabulary Strategy

I'll admit it, I'm guilty of the cardinal sin of English teachers. I have given out a list of vocabulary words, told students to define the words, and given out a quiz the following week. Most English teachers have. It's not because we're trying to be lazy, I'm sure. It's just that between bell-ringers, learning… Continue reading Word of the Week – A Year-Long Vocabulary Strategy

How the Credible Hulk Finally Helped My Students Conduct Research

I've been teaching research for my entire career. It began horribly, and honestly,¬†it was because I was downright lazy. I demanded citations for everything but did little to teach my students how to make them. More importantly, I never instructed them why the research was important. After a few years of surviving¬†gaining experience, I began… Continue reading How the Credible Hulk Finally Helped My Students Conduct Research

Just Caught You Reading

Every spring, I go into the classroom next door and greet the ninth graders with that most dreaded news: they must complete summer reading. Our school implemented a summer reading program a few years ago as a way to engage students in doing something academic over the summer, and to make our English program a little… Continue reading Just Caught You Reading

Research Source Sheet – Helping students record research quickly and ethically

As a high school English teacher, I spend a lot of time grading essays. A lot. An eternity, really... But the hardest papers to grade, and to teach, are definitely research papers. And in 10th grade, proper research is not considered simply task, but more of a life skill. Over the years I've seen the… Continue reading Research Source Sheet – Helping students record research quickly and ethically