Responding to Public Feedback of the Seven Deadly Sins of Common Core English Post with a Modest Proposal

I would like to personally thank each and every person who read my post last week that expressed my concerns about Common Core English.  My regular teaching blog, which is normally a mode of sharing teaching strategies (and read by a handful of people), turned political last week for the first time.  An edited version…

Differentiating Instruction in English Language Arts — Vocabulary and Spelling

Every experienced ELA teacher has felt that moment of utter frustration when he or she realizes that very few students completed their homework or students completed it but cheated. This is especially true for those dreaded spelling or vocabulary worksheets — the boring, but necessary — or are they?  I have recently experienced much success…

The Pollock Version of the Socratic Seminar — Student-centered Learning

The Socratic Seminar has been done many different ways over the years. I have seen versions that maintain the teacher as question writer and moderator; I have also seen and used the “fish bowl” model where some students are participants and others are assessors; there is also a hot seat and philosopher’s chair version of…