Iowa Council of Teachers of English

The Teachers Who Framed Me

Britt Jungck, Teacher Writer
December 6, 2020

My influences as an educator remind me of the 1995 movie How To Make An American Quilt, personal details, stitched together to create something unique that lives on to work with new students, in new towns, creating new dreams. When I plan my lessons and grade my papers, I channel my high school AP English teacher, Linda Kaufman.  Her precision and rigor still echo in my head 20+ years later and...

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Vocabulary Switch

Rex Muston, Teacher Writer
November 18, 2020

1. Allen, my partner, is a burden. He is not working very hard. 2. Cameron had culpability because he failed at picking a good partner. 3. Allen felt remorse for his fallen comrade, Cameron Doyle. 4. Cameron entrusted Allen with the responsibility of working with him, but alas, it was a bad idea. 5. Cameron was empathic for Allen, because he doesn't have a good work ethic. 6....

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Out of Darkness

Britt Jungck, Teacher Writer
November 1, 2020

Sometimes life is sunny, radiating warmth like the smell of fresh-cut grass on a summer day.  Sometimes life leaks struggles in an endless stream like a toddler playing with a squeaky balloon. 2020 has been a squeaky balloon. Now, it is misshapen and saggy and barely holding it together, and I have to squint to realize it is, indeed, still there. We knew we’d move this year.  We had a dream...

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To Be Seen and Heard

Holly Esbeck
October 17, 2020

Because some people had told me racism was a thing of the past. But that was nuts. Because racism was alive and real as shit. Unless we did something about it. What the hell did he die for If it doesn’t count for all of us. Asking only to be seen and heard.  

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Students Speak

Allison Berryhill and Lauren Stephens
October 4, 2020

Contributors: Susan Ackerman, Allison Berryhill, Holly Esbeck, Britt Jungck, Kenna Koster, Lisa Robinson, Lauren Stephens, Nicole Vogt      

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Let Students See Their Poems in Print

Marilyn Baszczynski, Guest Contributor
October 3, 2020

Since its inception in 1945, the Iowa Poetry Association has hosted an annual Lyrical Iowa Poetry competition, an opportunity for Iowans of all ages to submit their creative works for recognition through publication in our anthology, Lyrical Iowa, as well as prizes and public presentation opportunities.  An important component of this competition is the ‘Student Division’, that invites submissions...

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