Ballad of the First Year English Teacher by Ben Pruitt

The first day of school was nigh, The hot summer had whizzed right by. And though he felt fresh and inspired, his heart a smolder, The young English teacher was untested, having just finished his training at the Legendary Teaching Academy in Boulder. Oh Muse, I tell thee, his intentions were pure, and his wits…

Poetry by Amanda Cherry

“Lessons From Within” An inside-out tickler, Your peanut-sized fingers Graze the nest that is my belly From within. Your midnight hello Leaves me aching, urging, longing For just one more Gaspy, popcorn, bubble-bubble, flutter. I talk to you out loud. Are you there? Seems you’re done for tonight, though. I let go of my womb,…

The Day I Saw a Bear by Reid Lewis

Adrenaline pumping, wheels screeching, this is what I heard as I tried hopelessly to stop before hitting the massive creature in front of me. It was bear vs. bike, and the bike had no chance of winning in a head-on collision. Even if you have seen bears before, when you’re that vulnerable it’s very different.…

Encouraging Higher Order Thinking and Reading Comprehension Through Questioning by Stacey J. Fisher, Renee Rice Moran, Amanda Bitner, and Edward J. Dwyer

Vignette Ms. Jones’ sixth graders filed in from lunch and took a seat in their desks. As the students got settled, Ms. Jones grabbed a book from the classroom library and began to read for the school’s class-wide required reading time. After the story was completed, she reached into a jar and pulled out a…

Teen Literature Conference by Owyn Cooper

I enter the room where the podcast interviews go. I meet with Amy, a librarian from the Denver Public Library, the tech guy Luis, another librarian Becker, the winner interviewing A.S. (David,) the winner interviewing David Levithan (Max,) and the parents of both David and Max. We had some time to kill, so I passed…

A Conversation Between Three Literacy Educators with Jessica Cuthbertson, Vince Puzick, and Jonathan Wright

From the editor: Here I present a conversation between three literacy educators with particular expertise toward our state’s efforts toward teacher effectiveness. As explained in the previous issues of Statement, inspiration for this regular feature came from a conversation on the pages of Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice, a recent book by Kylene Beers,…

ELA in the 21st Century Dear Teacher: What It Means To Teach Writing Effectively by Philippe Ernewein

When I think about how writing was taught to me in elementary, middle school and high school, the entire experience seems to fit in the non-example category of the Frayer Model (see opposite page). The Frayer Model, created by Dr. Dorothy Frayer and her colleagues at the University of Wisconsin, is a graphic organizer designed…

Some Sixty Years Later by Bill McBride

Last October at the fall CLAS conference, as I listened to presenters and talked with colleagues, I was struck by how much education has changed over 6+ decades and how much it has remained the same. In all of the changes, some better than others, teachers continue to strive for effectiveness. In 1950, I graduated…

Lessons That Last by Erica J. Rewey

When the Call for Submissions for this issue of Statement was released, I thought to myself, “Wow! What an interesting and complex question to attempt to answer.” And then, “I definitely don’t have the time this semester to put together a thoughtful response.” But that didn’t stop me from thinking about it nearly every day.…