Biweekly Member News Updates
Twice a month INBOX, the newsletter of NCTE, celebrates stories of members in the news. These stories are archived here.
It’s Time to Transform Our Schools, and Teachers Should Lead It by member Anna Baldwin
All Hands on Books: The Power of Print by member Penny Kittle
The Robots are Coming to Class, a Poetry Foundation podcast featuring past president Carol Jago
Stop Boring Nonfiction Writing. Save the World. by Angie Miller
Making the Most of In-Class Book Clubs by Beth Pandolpho
Life Lessons From Fictional Characters by Robert Ward
Author Interview With Ellin Oliver Keene: ‘Engaging Children’ by Larry Ferlazzo
Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Connie (Constance) Weaver who passed away this month. She was among those who formed the Whole Language Umbrella and is known for her writing and teaching on the reading process and the importance of learning grammar in context. She was an activist and served in various leadership roles within NCTE. Ken and Yetta Goodman said of her in a Facebook post, “[She] was such an amazing and productive scholar and firebrand for progressive education. She has made a huge impact on so many teachers and students through her teaching, writing and professional activity.”
Members Talk Books
Assigned Reading Works as well as Assigned Flossing by Amber Counts
Use the Emmy Awards as a Versatile Teaching Tool by Frank Baker
Listen to Dean Valerie Kinloch‘s keynote address at the University of Pittsburgh’s 2018 CUE Summer Educator Forum
Why and How Reading Is in Crisis by Carol Jago
Gretchen Oltman, Johnna L. Graff, and Cynthia Wood Maddux will be publishing The Times That Bind Us, Simplifying Supreme Court Cases for the Social Studies Classroom this August. Gretchen has served as NCTE’s P12 policy analyst for Nebraska the past four years and Cyndy will replace her this July.
The New Jersey Council of Teachers of English recognizes Susan Reese and Millie Davis as emeritus members.
Professors Michelle Devereaux and Darren Crovitz, authors of Grammar to Get Things Done, explain strategies for teaching grammar effectively on The Suggestion Box podcast.
NCTE Lead Ambassador Nicole Mirra has a new book, Educating for Empathy: Literacy Learning and Civic Engagement.
Steven Alvarez was interviewed by Trevor Mattea of New Books Network about his book, Community Literacies en Confianza: Learning From Bilingual After-School Programs.
How Telling Students My Most Difficult Story Made Me a Better Writing Teacher by David Rockower published.
Rethinking Revision: The Real Work of Writing by Ruth Culham
Summer Reading Opportunities by Christine Zandstra
Using Pop Culture to Teach Media Literacy by Frank Baker
Why We Play: Purposeful Play in the Classroom by Karla Hilliard
Putting Students in Charge of Their Learning by Beth Pandolpho
Giving students choices and the means to assess their progress fosters metacognition and independence.
7 Things to Do NOW for Our ELL Writers by Valentina Gonzalez
Learn How to Entice the Hard-to-Reach Writers in Your Classroom
How do we, as educators, positively impact children who’ve experienced trauma in their lives? Member Stacey Shubitz interviews member Ruth Ayres.
A Standardized Test for School Taxpayers by Allen Berger
Congratulations to NCTE Vice President, Leah Zuidema of Dordt College
- Bringing All Students Into Discussions By Jori Krulder
Techniques for fostering meaningful class discussions by getting even reluctant students to share their insights.
- Embracing the Identity of Teacher-Writer by David Premont
- 100 Days of Summer WRITING! By Rebekah O’Dell
- Invitation to Blog by Michelle Haseltine
- How Teachers Benefit from Writing by Andrea Marshbank
- Getting Comfortable with Saying No by Peg Grafwallner
Scholar’s View: To Understand the Present, Dig into the Past with Texts like Huck Finn
In this commentary in the Duluth News Tribune, NCTE president Jocelyn A. Chadwick writes, “to understand, navigate, analyze, and change our present, we must consciously drill into and examine with eyes wide open our past, our individual and collective past. This is what texts like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn provide our children.”
Q & A with Ebony Elizabeth Thomas: Why children need more diverse books
In this interview from the Penn GSE Newsroom, Ebony explains “It’s not just kids of color, kids from the margins who need diverse literature and media. It’s all kids who need all stories about all kinds of people.”
Melissa Smith and four of her students talk about the power of teaching living poets in this Education Talk Radio interview.
“Once I started teaching more living poets in my classroom, I saw the impact that it had on my students. I saw how inspired they were, so it became a mission of mine to share that passion with other teachers. Now there are so many teachers on this hashtag. . . . It’s become a movement, in a way.”
Congratulations to Chris Knoblaugh of Castillero Middle School in San Jose, CA, for publishing her first novel, Tribute.
Why do middle school students study the Great Depression? What do we want them to learn and understand about this period in American history? Media literacy expert Frank Baker offers a wealth of teaching ideas tied to the novel The Grapes of Wrath and its film treatment.
The Advantages of Being a New Teacher by Matthew M. Johnson
New teachers are frequently defined in terms of their struggles, and those are real. But we should also focus on their strengths.
Students in one high school’s English classes use a low-stakes, impromptu speech activity to help build presentation skills. In this blog post, their teacher, Jori Krulder, explains the process, including modifications for students who may be introverts.
- David E. Kirkland Receives the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award
- Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz Receives AERA 2018 Revolutionary Mentor Award
The March for Our Lives: What It Means for Me
An NCTE blog post by Yolanda Whitted
“The March for Our Lives—It washed over me like a tsunami, every bit of hurt and pain I should have felt, but never allowed myself to, because I had to be strong. I couldn’t get caught up in my feelings because I had to teach my students how to use their voices, and I couldn’t do that if I turned into a soft, blubbering idiot—or so I thought. . . .”
For more about the student advocacy on display this past weekend and what it might mean for your classroom, read When Student Inquiry Becomes Student Action, a Middle Web Blog post by Kevin Hodgson that features several other member voices.
The Importance of Mentoring ELA Educators
An Education Talk Radio interview with Anna J. Small Roseboro
“Probably the thing I tell them most is to carve out and hold sacred time for yourself every week. At least one day a week do nothing having to do with teaching . . . Otherwise you get overloaded, stressed out, and feel like it’s not worth it. I can tell you it’s worth it every day if you can come fresh.”
Joanne Yatvin: The Purpose of Public Schools
An editorial on Diane Ravitch’s Blog
Tune in to These 7 YA Lit Podcasts
Including Text Messages from ReadWriteThink.org!
By Kelly Jensen for the School Library Journal
3 Essential “Rs” for Developing Writers of Argument
A Corwin Press blog post by NCTE members Michael W. Smith and Jon-Philip Imbrenda.
4 ways to teach through “think alouds”
A Middle Web blog post by NCTE member Molly Ness
“There are cognitive and academic benefits to thinking out loud, asserts Molly Ness, an associate professor of education at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education. In this article, she shares four tips to help integrate this approach across the curriculum, such as offering a visual cue to students when teachers are thinking out loud.”
Ideas for creating lessons that matter
An Edutopia blog post by NCTE member Beth Pandolpho
“Designing assignments that matter can help prepare students for the real world, writes English teacher Beth Pandolpho. In this blog post, she offers three strategies to support such design and foster student independence.”
SmartBrief honors education bloggers
Matthew Johnson is among them!
Alexandra Greene from Bozeman High School, Bozeman, Montana is the recipient of the 2018 NCTE Edwyna Wheadon Postgraduate Training Scholarship.
Can 5-minute meetings boost students’ writing?
Edutopia article by Jori Krulder
Project LIT: How a Nashville educator turned a class project into a nationwide movement
Education Dive article about Jarred Amato
NCTE members took to the national stage last week as they articulated what they do to keep their students safe and what they wish they had available to assist in that effort.
Olivia Bertels and her colleague Brittany Wheaton launched an online campaign that put a spotlight on the things teachers really need to create strong, safe learning environments. Read an editorial they wrote about the project for Teen Vogue.
Paul Hankins shared the measures he’s taken to secure his classroom in this New York Times article. He also posted a blog about the connections between the work he does as a teacher and the work he did in the US Navy.
Is there still value in reading ‘Huck Finn’ and ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’?
Minnesota Public Radio News interview with NCTE president Jocelyn Chadwick
Mistakes Were Made: A Classroom Confessional
by Kevin Hodgson
5 Ways to Be a Good Teacher Leader
by Andrea Marshbank
Wild Horses, Black Holes, and Original Medicine
by Jessie Dorin was shared in the February 24 issue of the US Department of Education’s The Teachers Edition.