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April 19, 2018

10 Tips For Helping Students Open Up to Poetry

Every year I have some students who arrive to my class with a fear or dislike of poetry. Spending some time away from deconstruction of meaning of poems has always worked to put these students at ease and allow them to open up to poetry anew.

May 23, 2017

Noticeable Shifts in the Big Questions on Students' Minds

This year, I revived a poetry station which I haven't used in three years: bibliomancy. In it, students ask a question, and use a special process involving books to write a poem prophesying the future. Reading the questions they ask always gives me pangs of compassion for my students, who are in the throes of adolescence. What caught my attention this year, though, was a new category of questions I had not seen before--questions about humankind in general, and its future.

November 10, 2016

Election 2016 Feels Like None Other in My Classroom

"If both of your parents are immigrants, do they deport you too, or do you get put into a foster home?" one of my middle school students asked yesterday afternoon. "I've asked this to some other teachers, but I still don't know the answer," she added. It had been on her mind all day. I've taught through four presidential elections. This one feels in no way normal.

October 12, 2016

Why I'm Teaching For the Whole Story

In the launch of her new blog, Ariel Sacks explains what she means by teaching for the whole story and why she's doing it.

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