disrupting mockingbirds.

TFW I asked for help on teaching To Kill A Mockingbird and received so much support and guidance.


Reason #101 to “Teach Like a Pirate”- Because when you make this the culture of your classroom, and on a whim tell the students “We’re going to have a Tacky Tourist Day tomorrow to kick off Lord of the Flies”… they get in on the excitement too! #tlap #culturize pic.twitter.com/HSYkwFYIGO — Shellie McHenry (@McEnglish101) April 13, 2018 And this is one of those moments I should keep my big mouth shut. Please: do not misunderstand this — in no way do I have any issues with @McEnglish101, Shellie McHenry. I enjoy her tweets and insights. This is truly about some…

series: the good stuff

Things I think about in the middle of the night: What was that noise outside? What are the best ten to twenty best, time-tested lessons for middle and high school students? The noise was nothing. Probably just a small monster or trashcan panda. The best lessons, now that’s something else. The first post in this series is something new: Bob Probst of Beers/Probst renown gave us teachers this gift: Dialogue booklet by bob probst from kylenebeers It’s a dialogue booklet that helps students move through a text with purpose. I haven’t vetted it yet, but it holds much promise.  

Mind the Map.

https://bubbl.us/NDI3MTU5OS84MzQzNDkzL2FiMjAxMmE5YzRkMjA2ZmU2NGI1ODgxOGEwODg3NjNh-X?utm_source=page-embed&utm_medium=link&s=8343493 https://ed.ted.com/on/7WdV6Sqw Here is the teaching point/issue: How do we concurrently 1. teach students how stories work (or how anything works for that matter) 2. use technology to best demonstrate concepts 3. have students practice and grow their own knowledge? One idea: mind mapping. There are multiple available apps, etc. for this technique. We had Inspiration in our district, but not sure if we renewed the license or not. No matter.  I know we have other similar apps on our PCs for work. Mind mapping is simply brainstorming, sketching ideas in a hierarchal visual mode, and revisable in real time. For…


Ah, all of this: https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fthreeteacherstalk%2Fposts%2F1910190822578447&width=500 From    [embeddoc url=”http://blog0rama.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/response-to-literature-1cbx6qp-st2bew.pptx” download=”all” viewer=”microsoft” ] Response to Literature [embeddoc url=”http://blog0rama.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/response-graphic-organizer-1l7pd3c-2i47qbb.docx” download=”all” viewer=”microsoft” ]  

Saving Summer: More Good Things

Literary Analysis, Themes, and Essay Writing, Oh my!! How did I not know about this? (probably because of PG-13 language: I’ll get permission slips, promise!) ThugNotes is narrated by Sparky Sweets, Ph.D., and yes there is some language, but the plot summaries and analysis are epic. For a secondary audience, this modern version of CliffsNotes is helpful and entertaining. Since I’m teaching a unit on Lord of the Flies next year I am thankful for his analysis and insight. Next: thinking about essays and writing structures differently: An Essay Primer for Adults: Six Essay Types You Should Know by Lorraine Berry…