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The Joys of Teaching Literature

The Joys of Teaching Literature

By Teacher's Workshop
In this podcast, I'll talk about why I love teaching literature. My hope is to make the study of literature fun, relevant, and meaningful and to inspire creativity and curiosity. Visit www.theteachersworkshop.com to learn more.
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Homework: Putting Home and Work Together
In this episode, I'll talk about homework.   How much homework should we give?  What kind of homework should we give?   Does homework hurt some students more than it helps others? 
20:37
October 13, 2020
5 Goals for Remote or Hybrid Learning
In this episode, I'll talk about 5 goals for remote or hybrid learning.  It's not easy, so let's create a list of things to remember as we navigate these new waters.  
36:10
October 7, 2020
Introducing Literature: The 6 Values
In this episode, I'll talk about the start of school (virtual school) and introducing students to the value of literature and fiction.  
42:53
September 17, 2020
How to Introduce Literature: Symbolism Show and Tell
In this episode, I'll talk about how I introduce literature with an activity I call symbolism show and tell.  
15:30
September 6, 2020
Love + Stories Project
In this episode, I'll describe my new project I'm calling the "Love + Stories Project".  I'll also read some quotes related to love from the literature I teach.
37:38
August 24, 2020
5 Rules of Thumb for Teaching During a Pandemic
In this episode, I'll talk about my five rules of thumb for teaching during a pandemic.  
30:19
August 17, 2020
Language and Power
In this episode, I'll talk about the connection between language and power.  
19:38
August 1, 2020
3 Tips for a Successful ELA Teaching Interview and Job Hunt
In this episode, I'll give advice on how to interview for a position as an English teacher or ELA teacher.  I'll tell stories about my experiences and talk a little about how taking my online course (for English teachers) might help you get a job. 
18:39
July 12, 2020
How to Write or Teach the College Application Essay or Personal Narrative
In this episode, I'll talk about teaching my seniors how to write a college application essay.  
10:54
June 30, 2020
The Class of 2020: A Time for Creativity
In this episode, I'll read twenty incredible and inspiring quotes from my seniors.  They come from a final video essay assignment for something I called "The Creativity Project".    
35:19
June 16, 2020
The Value of an End of the Year Course Evaluation
In this episode, I'll talk about the thing that has helped me grow the most as a teacher - the end of year course evaluation.  
14:28
June 12, 2020
How to Conduct Virtual or Remote Learning for English Language Arts Teachers
In this episode, I'll talk about the basics of online learning and some of the more advanced tools available to teachers.  
23:08
June 3, 2020
4 Easy Ways to End Injustice in Education Now
In this episode, I'll talk about inequality in education and ways we can quickly close the achievement gap.  
18:23
June 3, 2020
The Value of a Metaphor
In this episode, I'll talk about the value of fiction, metaphors, and imagination.  
04:22
May 28, 2020
Literature and Free Will
In this episode, I'll describe how I introduce the complex question of free will to my students.  
06:10
May 28, 2020
Literary Immersion
In this episode, I'll talk about immersion, the end goal of all art and living.  
06:42
May 28, 2020
Creativity and Collaboration
In this episode, I'll talk about how creativity comes from having unexpected conversations.  
03:08
May 28, 2020
Why is Hamlet Great?
In this episode, I'll talk about why high school students love studying Shakespeare's Hamlet year after year.  
06:38
May 28, 2020
The Sounds of Literature
In this episode, I'll talk about how to bring literature off the page and into the ears and hearts of our students.  
08:17
May 28, 2020
Symbolism in Life and Literature
In this episode, I'll talk about symbolism - how to teach it in literature, but also how it can be a way of looking at the world.  
07:36
May 28, 2020
A New Approach to Professional Development
In this episode, I'll talk about why I started Teacher's Workshop.  
01:46
May 28, 2020
The Imaginary Reality of Technology and Fiction
In this episode, I'll talk about a few short stories that explore how technology can influence our perception.  
07:56
May 28, 2020
The Power of Job-Embedded Professional Development
In this episode, I'll talk about job-embedded professional development for teachers.  
05:30
May 28, 2020
Jane Austen and The Bachelor
In this episode, I'll talk about the similarities between the television show The Bachelor, on ABC, and the novel Emma, by Jane Austen.
17:44
May 28, 2020
Boundless Questions, Perpetual Questions
In this episode, I'll talk about the art of asking great questions.  
03:35
May 28, 2020
A Novel Way to Teach the Novel
In this episode, I'll describe my topic-based approach to teaching the novel.  I'll also talk about how I assign reading.  
13:59
May 28, 2020
Virginia Woolf, Wordsmith of the Universe
In this episode, I'll talk about why I love Virginia Woolf.  I'll read some passages from the novel To the Lighthouse. 
10:24
May 26, 2020
Tradition and Technology: The Art of Teaching
In this episode, I'll talk about how to connect the worlds of literature and technology in meaningful ways for high school students.  
05:31
May 26, 2020
Teaching Race Relations
In this episode, I'll describe how I use literature to talk about race relations in high school.
05:16
May 26, 2020
Can the Teaching of Writing Be Fun?
In this episode, I'll talk about the different components of my writing program for high school students. 
12:46
May 26, 2020
Literature, A Living Map
In this episode, I'll talk about how literature functions as a metaphorical map of real places.  
03:50
May 26, 2020
Grades Should Be Invisible
In this episode, I'll talk about how I try to pretend that grades don't exist in my classroom.  
05:08
May 26, 2020
Opening the Unconscious
In this episode, I'll explore how the psyche is a part of every work of fiction, and how I talk about it in class.  
06:45
May 26, 2020
Demonstrating Understanding with Creativity
In this episode, I'll talk about assignments where students demonstrate their understanding of literature through creative writing, film adaptations, or podcasts, instead of the traditional essay.
04:51
May 26, 2020
How Students Come to Love Poetry
In this episode, I'll talk about how I introduce my students to the complex art of poetry.  
05:45
May 25, 2020
Rethinking the Structure of the Essay
In this episode, I'll talk about the structure of the essay and how to get students to not feel trapped by rules.  
07:46
May 25, 2020
Teaching Podcasts
In this episode, I'll talk about the literary value of podcasts and how to use them in the classroom.  
05:58
May 25, 2020
Bringing Together Music and Literature in the Virtual Classroom
In this episode, I'll talk about the similarities between popular music and poetry.  I'll also describe an assignment I gave where students could talk about their favorite song of all time.  
09:20
May 25, 2020
5 Ways to Provide Meaningful Feedback
In this episode, I'll deal with an English teacher's least favorite task ... grading essays!  How can we make it a meaningful and stress free process?
14:54
May 21, 2020
What Does Project-Based Learning Mean for High School English Teachers?
In this episode, I'll briefly describe a project for my seniors I call "The Creativity Project".  
09:00
May 20, 2020
Why Short Fiction?
In this episode, I talk about what short stories can teach us about perspective and reality.  
07:38
May 20, 2020
3 Simple Classroom Management Tricks That Work
In this episode, I'll describe three rules of thumb I follow to create a positive culture in my classroom.  
14:44
May 20, 2020
The Class of 2020: Graduation
This is the audio for a video essay I created for my seniors.  Every year, I ask them to talk about how it feels to graduate and to answer a few other questions.  I complete the assignment myself, so this is my reflection on this school year.  
05:07
May 20, 2020
4 Essentials of Reading Checks and Note-taking
In this episode, I'll talk about all the reasons students might not read and describe how I assign reading.  
15:19
May 19, 2020
Sometimes, Less is More
If there's one thing that virtual teaching has taught me, it's that less is more.
13:08
May 19, 2020
Library vs. Web Browsing
In this episode, I'll talk about why it's important for students to encounter new sources or ideas without plugging a term into a search bar.  
03:53
May 19, 2020
4 Ways to Simplify Teaching English
In this episode, I'll talk about how I try to simplify teaching complex literature in my classroom.  
10:15
May 19, 2020