Iowa Council of Teachers of English

A Way Forward

December 4, 2016

It has been a challenging few weeks.  My school community has felt emotionally wrung out.  A fourteen-year-old student was shot at random and lost his life.  Our former SRO was killed in a grisly...

Being an Introvert and a Teacher

November 27, 2016

I am an introvert.   I am so intensely introverted that I have made the decision as a 27-year-old to continue living with my mother because I know that if I were to live by myself, I could...

Igniting a Fire

November 20, 2016

The power of speech--not only for the student but the teacher also. The things I learn about my kids and the connections I make are priceless.... I didn't have much hope for him.   I listened...

Dowling High School English Teacher Austin Hall poses with the books he received from the Book Love grant.

Book Love Elective Is a Hit Among Students

November 13, 2016

By JoAnn Gage Austin Hall said reading Book Love, Penny Kittle’s text for teachers offering insight to cultivating a passion for reading among adolescents, shaped him as a teacher. “I fell...

Love matters.

November 8, 2016

Our students, our kids, went to bed one night and awoke the next morning to learn that while they slept, two officers were murdered in their safe community by one of their own.   When they...

Tales of a First Year Teacher

November 6, 2016

I am the typical Mexican-American English teacher in the middle of Iowa.I am a 23-year-old young man living my dream-- I teach students and I coach football. Education was ingrained into my brain at...

Presence for the Sake of Presence

October 30, 2016

I wasn’t required to be there. At my building, high school teachers aren’t expected to be present for crowd control, so they aren’t. And when I walked downstairs to the lobby and auditorium for...

Success Using the Common Core

October 23, 2016

Okay, I’ll admit it right now: I’m stubborn. I don’t like being told what to do or how to do it, even though that attitude is often the wrong approach… and I’ve learned that the hard way throughout...

Teaching and Observing: Our Midsummer Night’s Dream

October 15, 2016

I’ve taken to including Shakespeare in my AP Language and Composition course. These last few years, we've been reading A Midsummer Night's Dream in early April. The poetry of the play provides some...

ICTE 2016

October 9, 2016

The post-conference adrenaline slowed down somewhere on the 90-minute drive home along I-35 on Friday evening. My mind was already racing ahead, thinking of the digital stack of papers awaiting me in...

Jeff Saylor After All These Years.

October 2, 2016

As a young teacher, I came to teach in a school with an experienced staff. It was, and maybe still is, a blessing and a curse. It was a blessing to work with great educators who had a lifetime of experience...

The Gap: More Than Jeans & T’s

September 25, 2016

Being a teacher sometimes feels more akin to being a scientist than one would think.  We are constantly asked to gather data, analyze data, process data, make decisions based on data... It is easy...

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