Christensen describes how poetry can be used in this moment to be something concrete — that can be felt, touched, or smelled — but also something to stir our students’ imaginations, allowing them to dream.
Christensen argues that the tight reliance on the format of the literary analysis hinders students’ imaginations, and that they should instead write “unbound” essays of risk-taking and experimentation.
I hadn’t ever planned to teach online, but the Saturday before our college campus closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, I decided to cancel our face-to-face class because one of the […]
I wish I could say my colleagues Cresslyn Clay, Colin Pierce, and I had it all worked out from the beginning, and that we carefully crafted each nuance that prompted […]
An elementary school teacher takes us inside his classroom to see how he builds on his students’ lives and passions to help them create persuasive essays.
A middle school language arts teacher apologizes to her students for the states narrow and deceptive standardized test.
Fourth-grade English language learners use wikis to study border issues and gain literacy skills.
A master teacher faces a classroom revolt. She realizes that, no matter how imminent the high-stakes test, stopping the school-to-prison pipeline begins in the classroom with student-centered, meaningful curriculum.
“Harm comes from prior harm.” As Deandra says this, I am sitting in the back of my classroom, taking notes. My students are sitting in a circle in the middle […]
Students play a game promoted by the coal industry, then dig beneath the surface to look at the realities of mountaintop removal mining.
Video resources for the classroom, plus links to activist websites.
When Chicago stole my mother’s tongue, it also stole all her yesterdays. A poet’s lyric plea for teachers to nurture their students voices and stories.
For those of us working with immigrant populations, we have in our students living examples that we can use to bring the immigration issue to the forefront and teach all of our students.
By Julie Treick O’Neill A review of the film Maquilapolis [City of Factories]
A veteran teacher laments the trend toward mandated curriculum and argues that teachers should choose materials that address students’ lives and social issues.
Children’s books that promote environmental education in the primary grades.
Using native Spanish speakers to instruct their classmates in more than just verbs and pronunciation.
Teacher and students discover that even critically acclaimed literature can disenfranchise as well as empower.
Edwina did what was asked of her. Did Alaska do everything it could for her?
Linda Christensen gets students to write critically about clothes, class, and consumption.
Building classroom relationships through poetry.
Encouraging prospective teachers to examine their cultural heritage.
Suggestions from a 5th-grade teacher on bringing the War in Iraq into the curriculum.
Preparing high schoolers for the Regents exam while studying the War in Iraq.
“Is Mr. Smith a White Guy?” I then changed the topic, volunteering to be a contemporary example. “OK, so the next question is: Is Mr. Smith a white man? Yes […]