The Presents of Mind: I’m Thankful for… Letters!

Last month, I introduced two new means of reflection–a set of brainstorming questions inspired by Reading with Presence and a “poetry prescription” activity–that I hoped to implement in the weeks that followed. Today, I’m here with an update. Readers, they worked!  The poem analysis letters inspired by The Paris Review’s “Poetry Rx” column were full […]

What’s Next? Questions I’m Pondering After a Year of Hybrid Teaching

“The CDC says…” so very many things, especially lately. It’s been a year of finding our footing and then having the rug pulled out from under us as national, statewide, or community guidance changes. We’ve been building the plane as we fly it and then hopping out of the plane with patched-over parachutes just as […]

Taking “One Small Step” Toward Connection and Community with StoryCorps

My beat this year is all about teaching in the hybrid classroom, but I’m taking a break this month to share an outside-of-the-classroom project that could easily be adapted for in-person, virtual, or hybrid learning. Just two months before my city locked down, I attended a public forum about storytelling featuring StoryCorps founder Dave Isay. […]

Play On!: Laughing, Moving, Close Reading, and Shaking Off the Winter Doldrums with Strategies from Folger Education

“You know what would be a great thing to try in the middle of a pandemic and a gray, icy winter while I’m teaching in two places at once? Teaching a brand new text!” Said no one. Ever. And yet…here I am! Last spring, I sent a survey to the juniors who would be in […]

Teaching in Two Places at Once: A Few “Swift” Suggestions from a Semester of Hybrid Learning

To quote a host from one of my favorite podcasts, “Taylor Swift, when will you let us live?!” While the question was uttered in jest, I imagine that some of us are feeling a twinge of envy or maybe regret at seeing T-Swift release two style-reinventing albums in just a few months while we’re clinging […]

Teaching in Two Places at Once: Working with What I Know for Sure

This year, my posts for Moving Writers will focus on how I am learning to teach in two places at once as my school navigates a hybrid learning model wherein we have split students into three tracks: tracks A & B attend classes in opposite “two days in school/two days at home” rotations; students in […]

Teaching in Two Places at Once: A Day in the (Early) Life of a Hybrid Classroom

Half of my fourth period IB English class has made it to our gathering place in a conference room above the gym (we can’t fit safely in my regular classroom). I look at them, seated neatly in spaced out rows, just laptops on their desks and very little else around them. Patterned masks and disposable […]