“I don’t think you should be talking about this,” a ninth grader muttered under his breath as he gritted his teeth and sank a bit lower in his chair. No, this was not the response when I started a lesson about healthy relationships during our Catcher in the Rye study (everyone likes hearing their English […]
Category: Hey! I Tried That!
A New Spin on an Old Text: The Epilogue
“How do you know what you’re going to do until you do it?” The Catcher in the Rye nearly concludes on that question as Holden Caulfield embarks on an uncertain, perhaps tentatively hopeful, future. In the classroom, we could adapt his question to ask: “How will we know how this turns out until we try […]
“Letting Glow” Part Two: An Update on Our Independent Study
With one month left in the school year and just a few weeks remaining before my IB seniors take their exam, we are nearing the end of our independent studies, and I am excited by the results of this experiment! Earlier this week, students gathered in small discussion groups to talk about their independent study […]
No Small Thing: Squashing Impostor Syndrome and Publishing
Writing for an audience isn’t about having it all figured out. It’s about engaging in a community of thinkers and learning from the process.
A Call for Guest Posts: Hey, I Tried That!
Something that makes me proud of Moving Writers is that every idea we bring to you is tested in our own classroom. Just like you, we spend our days with kids, and because our boots are on the ground, we never share with you an idea that hasn’t worked for us first. Still, it’s always […]