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 […]
A middle school language arts teacher apologizes to her students for the states narrow and deceptive standardized test.
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 review of The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter (Harcourt, 2004)
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My DaughtersBy Barack Obama Illustrated by Loren Long(Knopf, 2010) On the title page of President Barack Obama’s picture book, Of Thee I Sing: A […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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.
Student poetry about what raised me is woven into graphic art.
Students play a game promoted by the coal industry, then dig beneath the surface to look at the realities of mountaintop removal mining.
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.
By Julie Treick O’Neill A review of the film Maquilapolis [City of Factories]
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.
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.
Linda Christensen gets students to write critically about clothes, class, and consumption.
Teacher and students discover that even critically acclaimed literature can disenfranchise as well as empower.
Building classroom relationships through poetry.
Preparing high schoolers for the Regents exam while studying the War in Iraq.
Encouraging prospective teachers to examine their cultural heritage.
Do small schools change teaching practice?
Emiliano Santiago. Not many of our students know his name. But they should. Santiago joined the Oregon Army National Guard on June 28, 1996, shortly after his high school graduation […]
They were in their seats before the bell rang: 28 spit-polished 10th graders waiting silently in their chairs. In my four years of teaching, I had never encountered a room […]
A unit on gender stereotypes inspires students to take action.