Writing is art.

Art is freedom. Art is expression. Art is powerful. When I was in school, I thought art was for the super talented, super creative people who were good at drawing […]

The Cailleach Béara

Even though this is West Liberty-Salem’s sophomore year of Pages, this is the first year I am navigating an actual class through the program. Mythology may not have been my […]

Poetry Workshop in Six Steps

Every year for the Pages Program, the resident educators and the artists in residence get together at The Wexner Center to begin to imagine our year together. Now, if you’re […]

The Devil’s Advocate

It’s finally that time of year! March research brings April debates to my Sophomore English classes. Sure, maybe not the most creative of units, and maybe not really the best […]

Handwritten Pages

I still find evidence of my past when cleaning out a desk drawer, when flipping through a book from a previous class, when rediscovering a journal. I relish opening the […]

An Essay in Pictures

I worry sometimes that we are losing a little more of our creativity each time we work through the writing process. Typically in AP Literature and Composition, we write and […]

Finding little sparks of magic…

When was the last time you thought of learning as magical? From the day to day demands laid on so many educators, myself included, I can see how this might […]

Changing things up a bit…

After three years of Huck Finn as the Summer Reading Text for College Prep English to Sophomores, I decided I needed something that felt a little more relevant, something that […]

Getting COMFORTABLE with the UNCOMFORTABLE

  PAGES has done it again: pushed the envelope, challenged our minds, opened our hearts and widened our scope! As is to be expected, the unexpected loomed but quickly disappeared […]

How to Teach ELA in a Career Technical High School

Guess what? This book doesn’t exist. FIRST: I skimmed through my inbox, clicking “delete, delete, delete” in response to the various emails flooding my mailbox. Adobe Creative Cloud…Quizlet…Newsela Daily. I […]

Challenge the Challenges

A couple of weeks ago, after students finished reading parts ofТ Beowulf,Т Т I thought it would be fun for them to create storyboards and a movie trailer, capturing the most suspenseful moments, […]