3-2-1: Redefining My Teaching at Semester

It's a new year; it's a fresh start. As millions of American students head (somewhat grudgingly) back to school after the winter break, teachers are faced with the unique challenge of redefining the classroom community after weeks apart. In my secondary classes, January is perhaps even more important than August in terms of developing classroom … Continue reading 3-2-1: Redefining My Teaching at Semester

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Beyond the Political Cartoon: Rhetorical Analysis of Visuals

One of the most neglected form of analysis in my school is of visual arguments. Sure, students might look briefly at an historical photograph or a political cartoon now and then. There are so many other visuals, though, that students may encounter in their college and professional work. I️ love to use artwork, charts, and … Continue reading Beyond the Political Cartoon: Rhetorical Analysis of Visuals

Commandments of Teaching AP Language and Composition-Part Two

This is the second half of a two-part series about teaching AP Language and Composition. You can check out the first part here. Good feedback is everything. I still struggle with this, as feedback simply takes time (who has that?!). Some of the best feedback ideas I’ve learned came from a Marzano workshop. The highlights: … Continue reading Commandments of Teaching AP Language and Composition-Part Two

Commandments of Teaching AP Language and Composition-Part One

This fall, I've received many messages from new AP Language and Composition teachers who are trying to find their feet. After some reflection, I decided to offer a few of the ideas and processes that drive my teaching. This is a two-part series, and I will cover five "commandments" in each part. Look for the … Continue reading Commandments of Teaching AP Language and Composition-Part One

Gift Card Giveaway for the TPT One-Day Sale!

Hi everyone! TPT has just announced a one-day BONUS SALE! What's more, I am excited to have a $10 gift card to TPT to give away to a reader. Here's how to enter: Head on over to my brand-spanking-new Facebook Page and like it to follow The Rhetor's Toolbox and get updates. Comment on the … Continue reading Gift Card Giveaway for the TPT One-Day Sale!

Meaningful First Days: 3 Ways to Build Community (No Icebreakers!)

I really dislike icebreakers. They make me cringe. When I became a teacher, I swore I would spare my students the torture of icebreakers. That being said, I also realize how important it is to build a classroom culture in those first few days of school. It's taken me a few years to figure out … Continue reading Meaningful First Days: 3 Ways to Build Community (No Icebreakers!)

Critical Back-to-School Routines for AP Language and Composition: Year-Long Processes

When I had my younger son a year ago, I was in the tough position of asking a long-term substitute to lay the foundation for my students' entire year of learning. My maternity leave stretched from August until mid-October, so a quarter of my students' learning occurred with a different teacher. I was lucky to … Continue reading Critical Back-to-School Routines for AP Language and Composition: Year-Long Processes

Back to School Sale Extended!

TPT's site wide sale ends tonight, but I've extended the 20% discount at Rhetor's Toolbox through tomorrow,  August 3. Enjoy!

Back to School Sale on TPT!

I hope you still have some summer break ahead of you, but if you're like me, your summer break ends this week. It's time to get planning and prepping! Teachers Pay Teachers has announced its Back to School sale: August 1-2. You can shop my store at this time for 20% off everything--including bundles--plus an … Continue reading Back to School Sale on TPT!

KABOOM! The Rhetorical Analysis Game that Makes Engagement Explode

I am SO EXCITED to share this one with you!  I came across a few elementary school blogs about a center game called KABOOM. Something just clicked--why couldn't this work for rhetorical analysis at the high school level? After some testing and adjusting, I'm pretty thrilled to bring KABOOM to my classroom this fall. Here's … Continue reading KABOOM! The Rhetorical Analysis Game that Makes Engagement Explode