Why Bother with Teaching the Classics?

Why Bother with Teaching the Classics?

In my previous two blogs, it sounds like I have listed a truckload of seemingly insurmountable hurdles to jump before a teacher can teach a classic text in the modern classroom. Maybe so – seems like a truckload for sure.  Yet, if the truckload hasn’t deterred me,...
Making it Work: The Classic Text in the Modern Classroom

Making it Work: The Classic Text in the Modern Classroom

Now that I have stepped out on the ledge that is the endorsement of an ancient text like The Scarlet Letter, it might be time to look at why I would take that step. My personal affinity lies with Hawthorne and always has; in fact, one might say I have an unhealthy...
Puritans, Again? In Defense of The Scarlet Letter

Puritans, Again? In Defense of The Scarlet Letter

If you will, please allow me a moment to stick my foot into a raging river of debate among high school English teachers, and I pray that my foot won’t end up in my mouth later. A swirling, muddy eddy has formed from conversations about the use of independent texts...
Finding My People

Finding My People

I stepped off the plane yesterday fatigued and energized at the same time. I had just spent about eight days in what we sometimes refer to as “English Teacher Summer Camp” at the AP reading in Tampa, Florida, where we scored essays from the AP English Language and...
Professor in Waiting

Professor in Waiting

I couldn’t wait to be a college professor. After 21 years of teaching high school English, I was thrilled to teach dual-enrollment courses at my school for our local community college, Spartanburg Community College. Last spring, when our former dual enrollment teacher...