To all those who teach writing–

To all those who teach writing– Encourage creativity, but teach the rules of the game. Be steadfast in corrections of commonly confused words: If they’re going to be taken seriously out there, choosing their words carefully matters. Teach them that form speaks, too. Make them notice that a complex sentence tells about a relationship between […]

The Gift of Reading

Years ago, I wanted to write my AP English essay about Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, but didn’t have a copy of the book. My teacher gave me his copy by crossing out his name and writing mine. Even though it has fallen apart into two, that book remains on my shelf as a cherished possession. […]

The Sweet Spot

I was out to dinner last night with my husband, and we were talking about when teaching “clicks.” Somehow, somewhere along the way, teaching became second nature. Of course, I’ve known since I was 12 that I wanted to teach–and every experience as a volunteer or intern, along with the quality secondary education program at […]

Falling in Love

One of the most exciting moments that a teacher can witness is watching a student fall in love with literature. Not the puppy love of a student reading popular novels like Twilight or even The Hunger Games, which are easily consumed and digested. The teenage obsession over vampires, werewolves and attractive young actors is a short-lived phase. […]