#teacherlife, Teacher reflections

Teacher Self-Care is not Selfish & Why you can’t Ignore it!

I know, I know... My reaction is the same. You know you should look after yourself but the system is created (especially now) to ensure that you can't and you care out your kids so it makes it hard not to give all of yourself. I felt the same until a few years before COVID… Continue reading Teacher Self-Care is not Selfish & Why you can’t Ignore it!

Choice Reading, Online Learning, Teacher Support, Uncategorized

Finding Books for Your in Class Library

Getting inventory You can of course buy them yourself but first… Start with your department or board (literacy consultants if you have them). Perhaps there is money earmarked for new books, or initiatives (equity or those for struggling readers). Talk to your principal or department head. I agreed to spearhead a research driven initiative to… Continue reading Finding Books for Your in Class Library

Choice Reading, Online Learning, Reading, Uncategorized

8 Strategies to Support Choice Reading in the Secondary Classroom

Setting students up for independent reading success can be difficult. It requires going beyond opening the book shelf and saying "and go." Finding a book (and even curating a list of books) they want to read can be difficult for a teen.  Here are some ideas to use to help studnets find a book they… Continue reading 8 Strategies to Support Choice Reading in the Secondary Classroom

#teacherlife, Teacher reflections

New Begining at New Directions

I was hired to teach English at Goetz. I taught there from 2006-2021. I loved my school, my colleges and my students. I specialized in teaching locally developed and applied English students and I was good at it. I developed relationships with my students and eveloped a program that, for the most part, helped them… Continue reading New Begining at New Directions

#teacherlife, Teacher reflections, Teacher Support

Returning to School, the Labour Day weekend Angst

It's labour day weekend and evey year I decline invitations and choose to stay home to do nothing. I know the weekend before school starts is going to be filled with nervousness and angst. Even though I have been teaching for 15 years & even though I normally have at least the first week all… Continue reading Returning to School, the Labour Day weekend Angst

Diversity & Equity

THE HOW: Diversifying your High School Texts and/or Classroom Library (Part 2)

If your interested in learning more about diversifying your texts, see Part 1 of this series: THE WHY: Diversifying your High School Texts and /or Classroom Library (Part 1) The How: Taking inventory So you already have a classroom library and don't know where to start? You can use a variety of ways to find… Continue reading THE HOW: Diversifying your High School Texts and/or Classroom Library (Part 2)

Diversity & Equity

THE WHY: Diversifying your High School Texts and/or Classroom Library (Part 1)

If you teach English in high school you have encountered the weak reader or worse the non reader. If reading is a skill, then the only way to get stronger is to practice. But how can you convince someone who struggles, refuses, or even hates reading to practice. The Why: The Movement Students need to… Continue reading THE WHY: Diversifying your High School Texts and/or Classroom Library (Part 1)

Creating Class Culture, Diversity & Equity, Online Learning

Creating an Inclusive Online Classroom: Part 1-Getting to know your students

The Underlying Philosophy When mentoring student teachers I tell them the most important thing to focus on is relationship building. Students want to come to, and are more likely to be successful in, a class where they feel valued and supported. The COVID Complication This has never been more true, or more difficult, than during… Continue reading Creating an Inclusive Online Classroom: Part 1-Getting to know your students

Uncategorized

Free 2ndary ELA Resources

Last updated: 1-2-2020 I have tried to curate resources that can be used in my high school English classroom. You can find your own by accessing the author's website as many authors provide free texts on their website. Being on this list is not necessarily an endorsement. Please ensure the content is both appropriate for… Continue reading Free 2ndary ELA Resources

For Parents, Uncategorized

5 Tips for Parents: Strategies to Support Your Reluctant Writer

It is always difficult when a child struggles. It is especially difficult when that struggle is in something as important as literacy. According to the International Literacy Association there are many negative effects of poor literacy skills: Unfortunately the only way to get better at writing is to write. So what can you do to… Continue reading 5 Tips for Parents: Strategies to Support Your Reluctant Writer

For Parents

5 Tips for Parents: Strategies to Support Your Reluctant Reader

It is always difficult when a child struggles. It is especially difficult when that struggle is in something as important as literacy. According to the International Literacy Association there are many negative effects of poor literacy skills: Unfortunately the only way to get better at reading is to read. So what can you do if… Continue reading 5 Tips for Parents: Strategies to Support Your Reluctant Reader

For Parents

3 Tips for Parents: Supporting Your Child’s Literacy at Home (includes online resources)

Reading and writing are pivotal skills that need to be develop to ensure success in school and in later life. Here are three tips intended to help you find success in encouraging your child to read and write at home. Tip #1 Focus on Choice The more a child reads, the better they get at… Continue reading 3 Tips for Parents: Supporting Your Child’s Literacy at Home (includes online resources)

#teacherlife

The struggle: Remote teaching in the first four weeks

*click on images to access the applicable articles My struggles with social distancing and remote teaching have led to silence, at least on my blog. I have found it really difficult to think of anything to share that could be helpful to other teachers at this time. Even after six weeks, I have nothing. I… Continue reading The struggle: Remote teaching in the first four weeks

For Parents

Lessons Learned Surviving Covid: The First Week of Social Distancing and the start of Homeschooling

1. Acknowledging emotional reactions to school closures So it's March Break here in Ontario, Canada (spring break for those of you not from here). "Ontario has declared a state of emergency and had implemented various measures, including restricting travel, prescribing physical distancing and asking certain businesses to close in order to curb the spread of… Continue reading Lessons Learned Surviving Covid: The First Week of Social Distancing and the start of Homeschooling

Online Learning, Teacher Support

eLearning/Remote Learning/Homeschooling Online Resources

Looking for resources to support your students learning or resources to help teach your own kids here is a great list of online resources. This list (which is in no way exhaustive) will be updated regularly. If you have a suggestion of a good resource to add please email your suggestion to literacymasterydiscovery@gmail.com. Updated: 18/01/2021… Continue reading eLearning/Remote Learning/Homeschooling Online Resources

Reading

Introducing the 3 stages of the reading cycle to high school students

Secondary students who struggle with reading don't understand that reading isn't something that just happens and that it isn't something that you are innately good at. Teachers have to work hard to get these students to buy into the fact that reading is a skill that can be learned, practiced and improved. And just like any skill it needs to be broken down and taught.

Creating Class Culture

5 Ways to Get to Know Your Students in the Secondary English Classroom

The first day of school always brings excitement and nervousness for myself and my new students. It can be scary facing a new situation for everyone (especially now during Covid). So it's important to helps students get to know each other and create a welcoming class environment, from the very first day. Here are some… Continue reading 5 Ways to Get to Know Your Students in the Secondary English Classroom

Reading

Part 5: The positive impact of teaching high school students how to read

We assume that high school students can read. But if you teach high school you have come across those students who read the text, maybe even sound great aloud, but still seem to be struggling with comprehension and critical thinking about the text. Need some help supporting your struggling students? Read my 5 part blog series on "How to teach high school students to read." Part 5 tells you about the positive impact that teaching high school students how to read has beyond their success in your classroom.

Choice Reading, Reading

Part 4-Fostering a Love of Reading

We assume that high school students can read. But if you teach high school you have come across those students who read the text, maybe even sound great aloud, but still seem to be struggling with comprehension and critical thinking about the text. Need some help supporting your struggling students? Read my 5 part blog series on "How to teach high school students to read." Part 4 tells you how to help students find books to read that they will love and how to incorporate independent choice reading into your everyday curriculum.

Reading

Part 3-Teaching Reading Strategies

We assume that high school students can read. But if you teach high school you have come across those students who read the text, maybe even sound great aloud, but still seem to be struggling with comprehension and critical thinking about the text. Need some help supporting your struggling students? Read my 5 part blog series on "How to teach high school students to read." Part 3 tells you the importance of teaching reading strategies, how to set up a reading strategies unit, finding leveled texts, how to teach students how to make connections and ask questions and integrating these strategies throughout the rest of the school year.

Reading

Part 2-Getting them to buy in & supporting their efforts

We assume that high school students can read. But if you teach high school you have come across those students who read the text, maybe even sound great aloud, but still seem to be struggling with comprehension and critical thinking about the text. Need some help supporting your struggling students? Read my 5 part blog series on "How to teach high school students to read." Part 2 tells you how to access their reading level, how to help them find a "just right book," how to set aside in class time for reading, how to keep students accountable, and the importance of conferencing with students,

Reading

Part 1-Overview: How to teach high school student’s how to read: 5 Part blog series

We assume that high school students can read. But if you teach high school you have come across those students who read the text, maybe even sound great aloud, but still seem to be struggling with comprehension and critical thinking about the text. Need some help supporting your struggling students? Read my 5 part blog series on "How to teach high school students to read."