Designing Better Rubrics

Rubrics are useful for giving students straight feedback that reflects their performance and for showing them where they need to stretch their skills. They can be task specific or general. […]

Know Thy Student

How much, a young mentee educator asked me, must I know about students in order to be most helpful to them? This was my response: I need to see what […]

Educating for the Good Life

Once, a colleague happened to be looking at a sample question from the latest Science standardized test Ohio students are mandated to take and for which school districts and educators […]

Breaking Out of Routine

Want to solve a murder mystery?Т  Nab an art museum bandit?Т  Escape zombies and prevent global destruction?Т  Now you can! Escape rooms are the newest trend in entertainment.Т  Couples, families […]

Poems from a Jar

Т  Т  Т Raoul Peck, in the introduction of the companion text to his documentary I Am Not Your Negro, said that receiving James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript was like accepting “…a […]

Sharing Fear and Creative Writing

Т  Т  Т Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein–each year my students experience a love-hate relationship with this classic text, which translates to my own love-hate relationship when teaching it. The text is long, […]

Connecting Music, Writing, and Visual Art

Too often, time for creative writing is pushed aside in the English classroom. With the expectation to prepare for state tests, our need as teachers to adhere to standards and […]

Living in the Music

  Through the PAGES program at the Wexner Center for the Arts, students analyze art as a text, a form of communication. Painting, sculpture, photography, words- those are all fixedТ forms.Today, […]

Teaching for Justice

  This fall I was on a panel at my district’s fall professional development day called “Teaching Controversial Issues.” I was not sure why I was on this panel. Teaching […]

On Possibility and Pauses

I’d like to consider the pause. It’s not a full stop. It’s not a hold. It’s a moment when you can feel the engine still running, a moment of stillness […]