Iowa Council of Teachers of English

Building Empathy

October 8, 2017

I turn to repair books and online forums for help when I'm working on my VW Bug. The web is full of predators, but I don't think too many people working on Beetles are mean spirited - most intend to...

Rituals and traditions that cemented teacher relationships through my years of teaching

September 24, 2017

Our teaching colleagues are a network of support who become our work family if we are lucky enough to find a school to call home where we grow older together. We are more likely to enjoy our jobs and...

To Lose a Student

September 10, 2017

Today I sat in the bleachers of our high school gymnasium as we celebrated the life of Cody Wills, a May 2017 graduate, who tragically died in a car accident on August 18.  The bleachers were full....

Where to Start?

August 26, 2017

My anxiety shows up the minute I start to put myself back in school mode.   I am overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done in the few days I have before everyone else demands my...

One-Upping: The Worst Habit

August 26, 2017

  Summer, the sweet reward for our endless time worrying, fretting, agonizing for nine and a half months each year.   I made a list a couple of weeks ago…a list of things I need...

Advocacy

August 13, 2017

Advocacy - Public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy; championing of   Medieval Latin: Advocate - summon, call to one’s aid   Leave it to Medieval...

Rally Rally on 2-2-2…

May 14, 2017

Rally Rally on 2-2-2! Rally Rally on 2-2! I chanted my rally cry from my softball years and nobody got it. I might be a little bit of a unicorn in the English Teacher world as a jock/musician/book/writing...

How to Resign from Your First Teaching Job

May 7, 2017

How to resign from your first teaching job: Make sure you have another opportunity waiting for you. Don’t just resign and hope for the best. You have to take care of yourself. First, tell your...

Accomplishment

April 30, 2017

Yesterday, at the annual face to face meeting for the ICTE Executive Board, podcast master Austin Hall took the time to ask each of us about memorable moments and accomplishments from this school year. One...

Let’s Talk About It! Facilitating Whole-Class Discussions

March 12, 2017

Students love to talk.  With a new emphasis on speaking and listening ushered in by the Common Core State Standards, teachers must learn to harness this social drive and use it to pull pull the wagon...

After the Dirt Falls Away

March 5, 2017

I never choose to write poetry for myself. It is a genre of writing that has always made me feel weak and vulnerable, so why would I choose to write it? Why would I put it out into the world and...

Education is what Remains

February 26, 2017

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” --Albert Einstein It’s the dreaded question: “When are we ever gonna use this?” This starts an...

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