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 […]

Chapter and Verso: A Tech Tool for Book Discussion and Low-Stakes Writing Practice

Earlier this month, Rebekah shared how she uses the tech tool Padlet to communicate within and about Writing Workshop. Her post made me think about a tech tool that’s helping me to blend some writing into the deep reading that my ninth and twelfth graders are doing right now.  A few years ago, I attended […]

An Old Class, A New Risk: A Mini Fiction Workshop in IB English

Previously on Stefanie’s Moving Writers Posts (or, perhaps for the sake of this TV-style intro, As the Pencil Sharpens): In writing conferences with seniors last month, the most popular response to the question “If you could write anything, what would you like to be writing right now?” was “a short story.”  And so, on today’s […]