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Hsilgne: Flipped Instruction in the English Classroom

Flipped instruction is everywhere these days… but how does that translate into the English classroom?  When I first learned about flipped instruction, I assumed that it was a natural fit for content-heavy courses like science and history, but I struggled to make the flip work in my English course, which centers on skills. After working […]

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Taking Note: VideoNot.es

Thank god for The Simpsons.  Their 20-year run ensured that they had the chance to parody nearly everything under the sun – including The Odyssey.   With students finishing up their odyssey through the epic poem, this week, I introduced students to several contemporary allusions to the epic, including an episode from The Simpsons, the trailer from […]

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Google Draw in the English Classroom

By many, Google Drawing is considered the red-headed step-child of the Google Suite: at best, it is a topic of interest, but most of us have never bothered to click that “Create” button and give it a try. For me, Google Drawing brings the possibility of mindmaps and physical manipulation into the English environment without […]

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Google Docs Comments + Video = Magic

With up to 35 students in any class, and having previously taught as many as 43 in a single period, one of the biggest struggles I face is giving students meaningful, personal comments, particularly when it comes to writing assignments.  It’s a constant battle between making the same remark repeatedly, and offering the student a […]

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