Getting Rid of Grades

I have a confession to make: I hate grading. And no, I don’t mean that I hate the time it takes to read papers and give feedback (although I have thoughts on that too). I mean I think traditional grading as we know it and use it in our schools is not helping students in …

You Better Get Used to It

I had three new students in class today! Remember how concerned I was about people not showing up? I’m just happy to have them. Two students were brand new that day, but the third had shown up the day before (I was out with a dental emergency). The young woman who had come once had …

We Geek Out on Writing

I have a room full of writing geeks. Massive writing geeks. Total grammar nerds. And I love it. I don’t know if they are aware that they are like this, but they so totally are. It is awesome. The first few days of our time together was partially a living hell. Most of the students …

Where Is Everyone?

Only half of my students have shown up since the first day. Some are apparently coming for just the afternoon. A few seem to pop in and out. I know it’s only the third day, but I found it confusing. It also makes teaching a bit interesting. So I asked someone about it today. What’s …

Are You Upset With Me?

“Are you upset with me?” the young man asked. It was Day One for the summer program I was teaching in. The students, all rising high school juniors, had been accepted into a program intended to support first generation college students. My job, as their English teacher, was to give them extra academic help in …

Back in the Classroom

I’m excited. I landed a summer job teaching English to high school students who are in a program intended to support first generation college students. It’s been a long time since I’ve had the opportunity to work directly with students. I get to work with students at the college level, but it’s not the same (sorry y’all. …

Tips for Addressing Struggling Readers

Over the last several weeks, we’ve seen how struggling readers are interested in learning the content presented in texts. They may also understand why teachers want them to apply comprehension strategies when reading, as well as to recognize how seeking additional help from their teachers and peers could help them learn more. However, it appears that …

Silence as Learning

Recently, we have been looking at the role of silence in relation to students with academic reading difficulties. I’ve been sharing what I have learned about why some students chose to remain silent and limit their interactions with texts in class. See Part I and Part II. It may come as no surprise to learn …

Silence as Success

    The next few posts will look at the role of silence in relation to students with academic reading difficulties. I’ll be sharing what I have learned about why some students chose to remain silent and limit their interactions with texts in class. Last week, I shared how some students use silence as a …