NCTE Proposal 2022 Afterthoughts • Michelle Bulla • May 2022
Picture it: period 1 in our school. I bet it’s earlier than yours – we’re talking 7:08am. Bleary-eyed but excited by possibility, three English teachers sit in the front of a classroom filled with kids more bleary-eyed than we are, sitting in study hall.
It has been said that “competition makes us faster, but collaboration makes us better.” In a field in which we easily interact with a minimum of 150 people a day, one would think that collaboration would come naturally and regularly.
NYSEC News, edited by Christine Furnia of Wappingers Central School District, published by New York State English Council, has been named as a recipient of the 2020 NCTE Affiliate Newsletter of Excellence Award, given by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
2020 Kent D. Williamson Affiliate Membership Recruitment Award
The New York State English Council has been named one of nineteen recipients of the 2020 Kent D. Williamson Affiliate Membership Recruitment Award given by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
Elegy of an Empty Classroom • Bridgette Gallagher • May 2020
My classroom is an extension of my heart. Everything I have put into it: the furniture, the background music, the posters on the wall, my too-loud voice at the start of a new unit. It’s the purest reflection of me.
A Love Letter to My Student Writers • Michelle Bulla • November 2019
This year I decided that my personal professional learning and development was going to focus on writing: teaching writing, being a writer, coaching writers, making space in my life for writing, centering my department’s work on studying and discussing writing.
Another Reason to Love YA • Michelle Bulla • September 2019
A few weeks ago I got into a conversation about YA books with a dear friend who’s a mom to two young YA readers. I was thrilled; I love to talk about readers and reading, and I’m a convert to YA’s style, form, function, and to the simple pleasure of reading a book that is less taxing than others.
The New York State English Council website, edited by Michelle Bulla, Monroe-Woodbury High School, has been named as a recipient of the 2019 NCTE Affiliate Website of Excellence Award, given by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
I Believe (Part II of II) • Michelle Bulla • February 2019
In my previous post – Part I of this two-part blog – I wrote about how my teaching has evolved over the years. Specifically, the changes I explored had to do with how I came to experiment with ways to make my students the heart of my teaching.
I Believe (Part I of II) • Michelle Bulla • January 2019
With all the hoopla around renewals, revisions, and resolutions, I found myself looking back over my newest journal begun a few months ago. The first dated entry is from this past October, and it’s titled “Core Beliefs.” I’d been reading Penny Kittle & Kelly Gallagher’s latest book, 180 Days, and examining my own beliefs as the chaos of the school year began to settle down.
Norton Honored as a National Recipient, 2018 High School Teacher of Excellence Award
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has awarded the 2018 High School Teacher of Excellence Award to Marilyn Norton from Roy C. Ketcham High School in Wappingers Falls, New York. Norton is a member of the New York State English Council and one of 14 high school teachers nationwide awarded this year.
Sometimes, the hardest thing to do is to take a first step. First serious interview, first day of a new workout, first step out of bed, first foray into that committee you joined. The first step in front of an audience counting on you is scary, especially when that first step is going to require a lot of work.
Make the MOST of your Conference Experience! • Michelle Bulla • October 2018
If you’re anything like me, you’re a tad overwhelmed at a conference. Some or all of these questions might race through your mind:
Where do I begin? Which workshops should I attend? How much networking should I do? How can move my professional work forward?
To Speak, Perchance To Be Seen • Michelle Bulla • October 2018
Regardless of your personal perspective on who is or is not truthful, how we present ourselves for public consumption is part of the much-debated, hotly contested, contentious, emotionally gut-wrenching, and highly significant events of this past week …
The Ties That Bind • Christine Zandstra • Sept 2018
I am lucky that I live only 1.9 miles from the school where I teach. I mean, who can beat that commute, right?? Seriously, the car barely has time to warm up and I’m already pulling into the parking lot to begin my day.
Teaching Compassion • Kaitlin Blumberg • June 2018
I have never broken a leg. When one of my students walks into my classroom on crutches, I do not know the pain he experienced at the moment of the break. I do not know how exactly how difficult his journey down the hallway was.
I’ve been fortunate to have had a go-to person throughout my life, offering to review a resume or provide tips for an interview. Always grateful for the advice, I jumped on any suggestion for improvement.
Putting Health First • Michelle Bulla with Jessica Wright • March 2018
As I write, Dick’s Sporting Goods has just announced they will no longer sell assault rifles, and they will require all gun buyers to be 21 years of age for purchase. Thankfully, change is coming. But I’m not talking about gun control.
The New York State English Council is proud to present our first annual creative writing contest for students in grades 9-12. We are looking for teachers to submit student writing in two categories: poetry and short fiction.
Do you YA? I’m reminded of the old Yahoo commercials that projected searching through this engine was an adventurous phenomenon one ought to experience. As though you’d be missing something if you didn’t.
Teaching the Whole Teacher • Christine Zandstra • Jan 2018
Teachers know that some years are better than others. When we look back over our careers, we remember some years as “good,” maybe because of a particularly special cohort of students, or maybe because of a special event or project that we did that our kids knocked out of the park.
Breaking the Academic Code for School & Life Success • Michelle Bulla • Dec 2017
I’ve been thinking about this a long time – probably, in some ways, since I started teaching: students need to be taught how to act in the classroom. Wait! Don’t go! I’m not about to preach about discipline tactics. We’re breaking codes of a whole different type here.
I was recently on a Twitter chat with #aplitchat where the moderator posed a question related to his focus – beginnings, middles, and endings. The question was: “Do you prefer to have a beginning-of-the-period routine or do you prefer to mix up what students do every few days/weeks?”
Students’ Right to Read Challenged Books • Michelle Bulla • Oct 2017
Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc and destruction in the Caribbean and battered the Southeast, where my in-laws, cousins, and millions of others sheltered like so many sitting ducks, directly in the line of an unstoppable leviathan.
The Importance of Attending Professional Conferences • Carol Durkin
Driving north on the Thruway, I take a deep breath and am conscious of my heavy sigh. After squeezing in last minute college essay conferences, encouraging seniors to finish their Naviance forms and grading papers…