Teaching Mentor Process in an ESL Classroom

by Melissa Bryan In the summer of 2017, I attended an NEH program at Amherst College entitled “Emily Dickinson: Person, Place, and Poetry.”  The core end-product of the program was a curricular unit to be used in the classroom which involved Emily Dickinson’s work. Our summer cohort studied Emily Dickinson’s poems and wrote – as…

The Role of Knowledge in Reflection

Kara B. Douma, Ed.D. John Dewey once said “we do not learn from experience. . .we learn from reflecting on experience.” If this is the case, it is logical that we often see reflection built into classrooms where students identify the knowledge gained from their experience in comparison with the gap of knowledge that exists…

Co-Creating Confident Writing Classrooms: A Framework for Teachers

By Jen McConnel and Pamela Beach When we first set out to explore secondary teachers’ beliefs about teaching writing in Canada and the United States, our classrooms looked drastically different than the classrooms of 2020. The teachers who shared their insights and struggles with us were teaching face-to-face, using technology as it fit their pedagogical…

Paradoxical Truth in an Orange Blossom

By Kim Johnson As Tommy Orange, author of There, There delivered his keynote speech to a packed conference of NCTE  attendees, he told brief stories, or “episodes”––snippets of life events that reinforce a particular idea. Orange shared how unlikely it was that he was standing on this stage––a bestselling Native American author, finalist for the…