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

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