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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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?
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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
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…