Tag Archives: Teaching Ideas

What I Read This Summer: Rapid Reviews

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” –Henry James Well, I hate to say it, but there aren’t that many summer afternoons left before the school year rolls around again. And while I’m always excited for a fresh start in August, I do hate […]

London Calling (Again)

One of these days you guys are going to get tired of me writing travel posts about the UK. But even when that day does arrive, I won’t stop! I lived and studied in Oxford for a term when I was in college, and the rest is history. I visited again with my Mom in […]

Back to Basics: Making Connections

Today we’ve come to the third installment of a new series I’m calling “Back to Basics.” The first post was all about making and/or finding time to read, the second focused on how to make sure you’re making sense of what you read, and today’s post is all about making connections with what you read. […]

14 People to Know

We’re one week in to the school year, and my last semester of graduate school starts this week (can you hear the Hallelujah Chorus in the distance?). So before things get too crazy, I wanted to pause and share my review of 7 Men by Eric Metaxas. This is a book I read several years ago after […]

In Defense of Difficult Books

Tomorrow I’ll start teaching my first novel unit of the semester, Fahrenheit 451. After my students take their Unit 1 Test, we’ll look together at the introduction and first eight pages and try to set a purpose for reading. As I’ve been planning for this unit, I find myself asking “What is the purpose of […]

Young Adult Medley 

I’m excited to share a few young adult picks with you all tonight. These three books might seem like a random assortment, but they all have one thing in common: They were the summer reading choices for my students this year. I really enjoyed throwing some Young Adult lit into my reading selection for the […]

Textbooks Spring 2016

At midnight tonight my last project of the semester is due and I will be finished with my first year of grad school! It’s always nice to add my textbooks to my book list at the end of the semester. Here’s a quick look at the books I’ve been reading since January. Advanced Fiction Writing […]

What do they teach them at these schools? (Textbooks Fall 2015)

The end of the semester is swiftly approaching, and I’ve forgotten how much I loved being able to add textbooks to my book list for the year. I think a few of these books will be really helpful later on in my program, and I think they even have some great information to pass on […]

In the Heart of the Sea

This will be the fourth year I’ve attempted my 50 book goal. It’s funny how different years take on different themes or trends. One year I read a lot of Thomas Hardy. Last year I read a lot of Rick Riordan. This year’s common theme? Nonfiction. I have never been much of a nonfiction reader, […]