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About englishparsons

A happy English teacher with massive potential for growth. Trying to share the best I have to offer with the teaching world.

Walls as Learning Space

Another unit, another wall. This wall was assembled by 12th grade students to capture characters, symbols, and mock-artifacts related to Toni Morrison’s A Mercy.  The more I use this approach, the more value I see in it.  Students put their … Continue reading

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Three Weeks in English Teacher Heaven — Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

What happens when you bring together 25 passionate, talented, and eager teachers of English and Drama?  What happens when that diverse group of people works nonstop in and around The Globe Theatre — one of the most significant performance spaces … Continue reading

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Publicly Centered at the Student

We can talk about having a “student-centered” classrooms all day, but how do we prove it to our students? Over the past five years or so I’ve been looking for ways to make my classroom show that it’s a room … Continue reading

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Remembering Maya Angelou

  Today we lost one of the great voices in American language and literature.  Personally, I remember reading her novel, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings when I was in ninth or tenth grade, and then coming back to it … Continue reading

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My Senior Speech

So here we are… You’ve completed the requirements for graduation, and you’re walking out of this school with a diploma.  Or maybe you’re not… but regardless of whatever hoops you have or haven’t jumped through, you’ve reached an important milestone:  … Continue reading

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Going Low-Tech — And keeping things social

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Preview of my NCTE presentation: Mashup The Shakespeare!

Shakespeare’s words are where the power lies.  Your students’ active connection with these words is the greatest gift you can give them. –Peggy O’Brien, Director of Education at the Folger Shakespeare Library   We teach Shakespeare so that students can … Continue reading

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