Category: Student Engagement

Ideas for Engaging Students in End-of-Year Reading Reflections

It’s that time again when we will be saying goodbye to this year’s students. Whether they are moving on to a new grade, new school, or...

Create a Culture of Literacy 

Creating a culture of literacy in the school isn’t just about raising reading scores. Instead, when a community comes together to celebrate...

Do We Need a New Definition of Literacy?

Most educators define literacy as the ability to read and write. And it is true, to be literate we need to know how to read and write. But is this...

Students Are Struggling. We Can Help by Letting Them Read!

The headlines and the frontlines agree on one important effect of the pandemic: Young people are struggling with mental health challenges like...

Want More Student Engagement? Hand Over the Controls

I am a recovered Type A secondary English teacher. I used to pride myself on not wasting a single minute of class time. I had a neat classroom,...

Want Adolescents to Read? Environment Matters!

It was workshop week at the high school where I teach sophomore English and a ninth-grade literacy course. I was just beginning a year where I...

Making Poetry: Using Maker Ed in Creative Writing

I can still remember the groans I would hear when I told my sixth graders it was time to learn about poetry. Poetry often brings out emotion,...

Carrots and Candy: Letting Go of Rewards in Favor of True Motivation

Pizza for reading, tickets for good behavior, points for participation, stickers for homework completion, marbles in a jar for teamwork, a good...

Maximize Time by Braiding Learning Goals

Working with English/Language Arts teachers on developing highly engaging and intentional inquiry units of study, one of the concerns I...

Key Strategies for Maker Education

While I have always had a passion for student engagement and relationship-building, when I first started classroom teaching, I took a more...

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