Sijo: Power in Diversity

By Elizabeth Jorgensen Today’s Diverse Classrooms I want the junior and senior students in my creative writing classes to discover the potential in writing and to appreciate diverse voices. Knowing the traditional canon is often too narrow, I incorporate diverse texts; I aim to increase a student’s capacity for empathy, to help them identify with…

Bridging the Writing Gap: Centering Student Voices in High School and College Writing

By Kristen Marakoff and P.L. Thomas Kristen Marakoff’s journey to becoming a high school English teacher began 7 years ago in Paul Thomas’ foundations course. She completed the certification program at Paul’s university, where he taught English Language Arts teaching methods and supervised her field work. Paul also teaches first-year writing—after teaching high school English…

Write Here, Right Now

By Amber Jensen In the years I’ve spent as a student and a teacher in middle and high school, I have both asked and been asked the ubiquitous question: “But why do we have to learn this?” And I’ve told and been told the answer that so often follows: “You’re going to need to know…