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“If Atticus couldn’t read, you and me’d be in a fix”: School and Schooling, Reading and Writing, Social Class and Social Justice by F. Todd Goodson and Lori A. Goodson

Since its publication in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird has been one of the most frequently taught books in American high school English classes.  Speaking for ourselves, we have taught this book to many high school students over the years, and we have watched dozens of student teachers try to find their way through the…

Jennifer Webb

The Truth About Teaching by Jennifer Webb

Common Core.  Classroom Assessments. District Assessments.  State Assessments. Federally Mandated Assessments.  No Child Left Behind.  Race to the Top. Phew! These ideas, rather than our students, have become the political focus of education in many parts of America.  How are we to teach the content we love and work with the students we love if…

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program

Announcing the launch of the 2015-2016 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DA) Program Online Application for K-12 teachers! Are you a U.S.: Primary and/or secondary classroom teacher? Guidance counselor? Curriculum specialist? Curriculum head? Talented and Gifted coordinator? Special Education coordinator? Media specialist/librarian? You may be eligible to participate in a unique international professional development opportunity for…

Call for Submissions for 51.1

Statement is published two times a year and is one of the benefits of being a member of the Colorado Language Arts Society. The mission of Statement is to advance the teaching and learning of English Language Arts in Colorado. While we welcome readership beyond the Centennial State and we encourage submissions from outside of…

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…