Preparing for a Virtual Screening Interview

It’s that time of the year – when job openings are popping up! This year, some districts are conducting the screening interview virtually – with the candidate sending in a video responding to pre-made questions from the district. It is safe to assume that districts may be screening more candidates for positions, so it’s importantContinue reading “Preparing for a Virtual Screening Interview”

Creating Strategies for the Elementary Classroom

I have some exciting news! My latest article, Creating Strategies: Designing Lessons for the Elementary Classroom, was recently published in the Montana English Journal. This article discusses the creative literacy strategies that preservice teachers designed and implemented for the elementary classroom. Like many teachers, when preservice teachers enter my course, they want to know whatContinue reading “Creating Strategies for the Elementary Classroom”

Gearing up for Teaching Interviews? Three Ways to Get Prepared for Interview Season

It’s that time of the year again – when teaching positions are opening up and being posted. This year, I have noticed more job openings posted than usual (at least that’s the case at the districts near me). It’s important to put your best foot forward and be prepared, so here are a few suggestionsContinue reading “Gearing up for Teaching Interviews? Three Ways to Get Prepared for Interview Season”

It’s That Time of Year – Parent Teacher Conferences!

It’s that time of the year again! The time for parent-teacher conferences. Conferences can be intimidating for both teachers and parents. Teachers tend to be nervous about conferences because they fear how parents will react if they hear something that they disagree with or might not want to hear. However, conferences provide an opportunity forContinue reading “It’s That Time of Year – Parent Teacher Conferences!”

Planning Fun Moments

It’s still winter in the northeast and while the sun has been peeking out more often, it is still cold outside and there is a good amount of snow that remains on the ground. In addition, COVID-19 continues to be an issue that requires testing and quarantining. I often begin my classes by asking howContinue reading “Planning Fun Moments”

Ideas for Including Teacher-Directed Writing into Your Teaching

After last week’s post, I received a few questions about when it is a good time to include teacher-directed writing into writing instruction. One argument for teacher-directed writing is the standardized tests that students need to take and the need to prepare them to respond to the types of prompts that will be on thoseContinue reading “Ideas for Including Teacher-Directed Writing into Your Teaching”

The Danger of Teaching Writing Through Prompts

Writing prompts are one of those enduring teaching practices that seem great in theory, but in practice do not support young writers. This is a teaching practice that I continue to see in lesson plans as well as in the classroom during writing time. Prompts give the feeling of control over what is being taughtContinue reading “The Danger of Teaching Writing Through Prompts”