The Rhetoric of Changing Times: First Inaugural Address of Franklin D. Roosevelt

This post is part of the series The Rhetoric of Changing Times, a collection in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its global consequences. In this series, we'll look at poignant historical speeches and documents and examine questions and topics for discussion/writing. Feel free to share your thinking in the comments or assign these questions … Continue reading The Rhetoric of Changing Times: First Inaugural Address of Franklin D. Roosevelt

Talented Students in ELA: 8 Tips for Teachers

“While natural, innate talent does exist, developing talent needs enduring and nonstop nurturing to come to a full fruition. Talent is made, not born. A dynamic environment that instills these beliefs into the fabric of the school matters enormously. Jonathan Kozol (2007) believes that knowledge is passed on through instruction and imitation and that that … Continue reading Talented Students in ELA: 8 Tips for Teachers

Three Ways to Jazz Up Your Lesson Plans

Need to add a little interest to your lesson plans? Here are three tried-and true tips for taking it up a notch. Tip #1: Always start with a personal connection. That "hook" or "anticipatory" set part of a lesson plan is incredibly important to getting students ready to learn. In the first five minutes or … Continue reading Three Ways to Jazz Up Your Lesson Plans