If your blog post fell in the forest would anybody read it?

If your blog post fell in the forest would anybody read it?

Making thinking public and visible outside of the normal classroom walls is a great way to help engage students in meaningful and purposeful work. Teachers often fall into the trap of having students present their work to classroom peers or even just the teacher....
CTL Staff Spotlight: A Passion for Adolescent Literacy

CTL Staff Spotlight: A Passion for Adolescent Literacy

The online bios of CTL staff members feature quotes that reflect each person’s passion or special interest within education. For Educational Programs Specialist Ashley Perkins, the quote actually includes the word “passion”: “Adolescent...
Not Your Mother’s Vocabulary List

Not Your Mother’s Vocabulary List

In the previously published blog titled, Teaching Critical Vocabulary, I outlined a simple way of thinking about changing the way teachers traditionally approach vocabulary instruction in all content areas, starting with careful selection of words with which students...

Was Life in the Middle Ages Really a Fairy Tale?

Guest Blogger Stella Baker is an English Language Arts teacher at Owsley County Middle School. She has been teaching in Kentucky schools for 29 years. Over that period of time she has taught a variety of subjects and grade levels, but has always returned to middle...