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Masked Up & Teaching

Masked Up & Teaching

In a time when anxiety and uncertainty can cloud everything else, we can always slow down and take each day one step at a time.
Kaitlyn Pietan, Teacher Writer February 21, 2021

We are almost at a year worth of social distancing. A year worth of masks. A year of learning missed for some students. A year worth of development going uncharted. I have to say, I disagree vehemently...

Teaching in 2020-2021; Driving in a Snow Storm

Teaching in 2020-2021; Driving in a Snow Storm

Pretending We Don’t See the Snow
Karl Baresel, Teacher Writer February 4, 2021

Waves of white cover the yellow lines. Where is the left-turn lane? How close can I get to that other car? Why is that car going so fast? And why are their headlights not on? Will I be able to stop if...

Words for 2021

Words for 2021

37 Iowa English teachers offer words to guide us in the coming year.
January 23, 2021

   

The Teachers Who Framed Me

The Teachers Who Framed Me

Britt Jungck reflects on the educators who have carved a path for her.
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,...

Cameron and Allen (or Allen and Cameron)

Vocabulary Switch

All from one day, Oct. 20, 2020, with both boys' names changed.
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...

Britt Jungck's new classroom at Boone High School.

Out of Darkness

Home with COVID-19, a teacher reflects on her new school and students.
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...

To Be Seen and Heard

To Be Seen and Heard

a found poem from All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, pgs. 292-294
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...

Students Speak

Students Speak

From the mouths of babes, a found poem.
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      

Student poets participate in weekly Creative Writing Club at Atlantic High School, 2019.

Let Students See Their Poems in Print

"Lyrical Iowa" editor Marilyn Baszczynski explains how students benefit from submitting poems the IPA's annual competition.
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...

Joyful Haikus

Joyful Haikus

A collection of haikus that show what is bringing a few Iowa educators joy during this strange and challenging year.
September 16, 2020

Still Together

Two Poems

and Three Photographs
Rex Muston, Teacher Writer July 27, 2020

Poem 1 FEELING PRAYERS My fears are unimpressive, spilling over from an asthmatic childhood after bedtimes, some 50 years gone.   But they are persistent,  constricting my chest,...

Encounters

Encounters

Kim Van Es looks back on experiences that have shaped her growing understanding of diversity in America.
Kim Van Es, Teacher Writer June 30, 2020

A Teacher’s Encounters with Difference   For teachers just like everyone else, there is a process to getting woke, especially when it comes to understanding the role of skin color in America.   Clip...

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