I think all teachers cringe when they hear “when I am ever going to use this again.” I like to believe the dumbfounded look combined with annoyance is part of a teacher’s DNA. I can’t help it. It is unnatural for me to respond any other way. Even though I think yesterday’s discussion of using primary source advertisements in the classroom is valid and important, I think a lot of students feel so detached from them because of their publication. But that doesn’t mean the skills are lost. It just means that, as teachers, we need to find current advertisements that connect thematically to the literature. Today we are celebrating Digital Literacy Day and suggesting online print ads that are much more striking and Read more
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I love the unpredictability of a class discussion. However, I don’t love the varying degrees of participation. I have tried every gimmick in the book to ensure equal participation. Yet, it never fails: some students blend into the background and fail to make a comment in class because they are shy or are unable to overpower the more dominant voices in the discussion. Having your students create and record their own podcast is a great way to solve all of these problems. Read more
Friday Dialogue from Your Two Favorite Educators
As Emily and Aubrey look back over the week they use their razor sharp wit to assess their innermost feelings about annotating.
1. When did you start marking texts? What does your personal style of annotation require?
Emily: I think it started with Mrs. Nell in my senior English class when we were reading Macbeth. She asked to look for repetition of words or images. When I started to recognize the trends I was hooked on annotating and close reading like I’m hooked on Arby’s Beef and Cheddar sandwiches. However, one of the biggest compliments I have ever received about my annotating abilities came on a flight a few years ago. My students were reading Kite Runner and I was re-reading and marking up the text for the stylistic patterns. The woman sitting next to me asked if I was an editor. My response: “No, I’m just a really anal retentive reader.” Still one of the biggest compliments of my life…which maybe says more about my personal life than it does my annotating life!
Aubrey: It’s funny that you say senior year because it was for me too. Mrs. Biehl had us read “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” and I can remember color-coding the entire story at my part time job on a dinner break. Especially the suggestive bits. I highlighted those in green. Back then I was “highlighter.” Now I’m obsessed with post-it notes. Nothing makes me happier than those post-it note flags. I can write just enough on them and also have them on all three sides of the book. They’re so neat and tidy something that comes into direct opposition with my messy annotation. I went to a book club once with my copy of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (see day one again) and the response I got was “oooooh” but not an ooooh like people watching fireworks on the fourth of July. More like oooooh, crazy town has arrived.
Emily: Let’s be honest. They thought crazy town had arrived before you pulled out your book!