Mexican Gothic is the Updated Gothic Novel We Need

Add this novel to engage more students and address topics of Colonialism and Feminism in your classroom. Mexican Gothic, a novel by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is an update of the classic genre often taught in literature classrooms. In the novel, Noemi is sent to help her cousin Catalina who might be experiencing a mental breakdown. Noemi arrives at High Place and immediately feels out of place. The Doyles once owned and

Why You Need to Be in a Book Club

Being part of a book club has been a gamechanger for my mental health. For as long I can remember, I always thought I wanted to be the type of woman who was in a book club. I had visions of a Mad Men situation where a bunch of women holding martinis in fabulous clothes were sitting in a sunken living room talking about literature. Then I went to grad

First Week Rapport-Building Activity

Try these Reflect and Share Cards with Your Students Students are starting to trickle back into the classroom. For many, they haven’t seen the inside of a classroom in over a year. My son, for instance, spent the entire school year at home. He starts school in less than a week, and I’m curious to see how he adjusts to spending the day in a classroom with peers. My son

The Secret to Making a Great Sandwich

It’s Back to School time, which means it’s time you get a handle on how to make the best sandwiches. It’s back to school time, which means it’s also the time of year that parents and guardians are getting lunches ready for their children and themselves. I grew up with a dad who made the best sandwiches on earth. I don’t say this lightly. The man has a gift for

Get to Know Your Students & Review Figurative Language with this Back to School Ice Breaker

Try this activity to get to know your students and review figurative language. For many teachers, the start of the school year not only means learning who your students are but also learning what your students know. If you’re looking for an activity that serves as a figurative language review, that gives you a writing sample, serves as an icebreaker activity, and builds classroom community, look no further. Since the

Classroom Rules Are Meant to Be Broken

It’s long past time we stop with the incessant rules in the classroom. The day before my first day of teaching a veteran teacher reminded me to have my rules set and ready to go. “You can always loosen up, but you can never tighten up,” she said, wagging her finger. While I do, mostly, agree with the idea of being a bit of a hardass at the start of

5 Things Teachers Can Do in the Last Stretch of Summer

Fall is coming. What can you do to stay refreshed and ready? I know you don’t want to hear this, teacher friends, but summer is almost over. Have you noticed the fun donut-shaped floaties have been replaced with school supplies at Target? I’m not saying it’s time to abandon the pool or put down your beach read, but here are some things I like to do as the school year

Yet Another Blog

I started a blog. Here’s what you can expect. July 9, 2021 Here we are. I’ve decided to start a blog. It’s almost a year to the day that I submitted my resignation from teaching, and while I have no intentions of returning to the traditional in-person high school English classroom, teaching is definitely a passion of mine. I loved teaching high school English, even when I didn’t. While I