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I Wish My Teachers Knew – Part II

Michelle Bulla • March 2020

In my last blog post, Part I, I shared student thoughts and sentiments that they produced in a letter-writing activity for a high school course I teach called Exploring Teaching As A Profession.

I Wish My Teachers Knew – Part I

Michelle Bulla • February 2020

So, NYSEC colleagues, here are unedited excerpts of what our charges have on their minds, courtesy of my high school group who just wrote last week…

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.

2019 NCTE Affiliate Website of Excellence Award

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).

Evolution

Michelle Bulla • April 2019

Last Thursday I skipped class with three of my English teachers. We did not sleep in, have cocktails with lunch, or squeeze in a mani pedi. Sorry to disappoint. What we did was far nerdier.

March Mudness

Michelle Bulla • March 2019

March is a month of change. It is a month of winds blowing – some bringing snow and ice, some sleet and rain, some the most gorgeous hints of a magical warmth and blossom to come.

NYSEC Donates to NCTE Affiliates

The New York State English Council has made generous donations to other NCTE affiliates in support of students impacted by natural disasters.

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.

A Leap of Faith

Michelle Bulla • November 2018

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 …

NYS English Council Honored with 4 NCTE Awards for 2018

NYSEC Honored with 4 NCTE Awards for 2018: Affiliate of Excellence, Newsletter of Excellence, Journal of Excellence, Website of Excellence

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.

Summer Reading Opportunities

Christine Zandstra • July 2018

Teachers look forward to summer for many reasons: a time to reflect and rejuvenate, a time to spend with family, a time for travel, and, if you’re like me and most of my teacher peeps, a time to read.

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.

Lessons from the Sandbox

Michelle Peterson-Davis • May 2018

I remember going off to college and looking for posters to hang in my dorm room, and when I came across All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten it instantly became my credo.

Mentor Musings

Michelle Kaprinski • April 2018

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.

NYSEC Creative Writing Contest for Students

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.

YA All the Way

Michelle Bulla • Feb 2018

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.

Poetic Beginnings

Michelle Bulla • Nov 2017

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.

2017 NCTE Affiliate Journal of Excellence Award

New York State English Council Honored with 2017 NCTE Affiliate Journal of Excellence Award

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…

2017 NCTE Affiliate Newsletter of Excellence Award

New York State English Council Honored with 2017 NCTE Affiliate Newsletter of Excellence Award

The Power of Teachers, Reading

Michelle Bulla • Sept 2017

I know you. You became an English / ELA teacher – most likely – because you love to read, and because reading opened the whole world to you.

Michelle Bulla Recognized

Michelle G. Bulla recognized as a High School Teacher of Excellence by the NCTE.

Lester Laminack

Story reveals to us the core of the teller…

NYSEC Recognized by NCTE

NYS English Council is proud to be recognized as an Affiliate of Excellence by NCTE.