Literature

1984 Quotes That Are Way Too Timely

Should you need a reminder why we teach literature, I give you these lines from Orwell’s novel. Via Book Riot

Italo Calvino Foresees the Challenge of Using Computers to Analyze Literature

I have been making the case that computer science belongs in English classrooms–in this keynote, this book, and this online…

To the ELA Nerds in the Bronx I Met with Yesterday

I had the pleasure of sitting in on an ELA team meeting in a middle school in the Bronx the…

The Science of Shakespeare

What an intriguing reflection on how developments in science influenced Shakespeare’s plays. (Not using robots to perform Macbeth, but still!)

Where Books Take Us

An apropos metaphor regarding the relationship between reading and achievement. via @bookishbronte on Instagram   Happy #socksunday everybody how are…

Semi-colon Drama

Some have a love-hate relationship with semi-colons; mine is all love.

Essay These Essays

For those who share my love of #essays as a #genre, check out Literary Hub’s recent list of the best…

A Poet’s Catalog of Plant Life

I love most things that blur the line between the sciences and the arts, and I can always count on…

The Pedagogy of Plato’s Cave

If you are reading this, you probably read Plato at some point.  Or, you were probably assigned to read Plato…

To Teach or Not To Teach like a Dead Poet?

I love this clip from Dead Poets Society for many reasons.  First, it cuts the the essence of pedagogy: does…

Stephen King Breaks Down Childhood, Not as Horrifying as You’d Think

It’s one thing to step back and listen to a researcher talk about the uniqueness of the adolescent brain.  It’s…

Good Education Inspires the Soul, says John Adams

Ten years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams penned a diary entry in which he briefly…

Imagine Kurt Vonnegut as Your Writing Teacher. Here’s His Introduction.

I love seeing how other teachers frame their classes with their students.  Usually, I am so pressed for time as the…

Eminem on Writing, Rhyming, and English Class

Whether his name makes you wince or smile, Eminem has established himself in hip-hop and pop culture by linguistically out…

Maurice Sendak’s Thoughts on Childhood Might Make You a Better Teacher and Parent

The author of Where the Wild Things Are talks about childhood–it’s real, raw, and truer than I’ve ever admitted.  As…

Technology changes how authors write, but the big impact isn’t on their style [via the Conversation]

Our writing instruments are also working on our thoughts.” Nietzsche wrote, or more precisely typed, this sentence on a Malling-Hansen…
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