Arts-based ELA: Unleashing Student Voice and Academic Skills
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by Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.
3M ago
In years past, teachers were seen as the authoritative, all-knowing figure who determined a student's success with their choices of literature, assignments, and tests.  As you might remember from your own school years, this type of power struggle didn't benefit all the students. If anything, many students became less engaged in classroom discussion and viewed […] The post Arts-based ELA: Unleashing Student Voice and Academic Skills appeared first on reThink ELA ..read more
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Beyond Benchwarmers and Bolts: Igniting Boys’ Reading with Action-Packed Short Stories
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by Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.
4M ago
Ever introduce a classic novel to your middle or high school students, only to watch their eyes glaze over? I’ve had this happen at every grade level I’ve taught, from 6th grade all the way to the 11th grade. One year in particular, I had a class of mostly boisterous, outdoorsy, athletic, mechanically-inclined boys who […] The post Beyond Benchwarmers and Bolts: Igniting Boys’ Reading with Action-Packed Short Stories appeared first on reThink ELA ..read more
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Boston Calling! Join Me at the SSWCA Conference: Let’s Nurture Writers, Conquer Imposter Syndrome Together
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by Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.
5M ago
I say this every time I write one of these update posts -- but then life and school happens, and I realize I haven’t written in months. I have not rested on my laurels though! I presented at five conferences last semester, created a Writing Accountability Group Guide for my university writing center, started a […] The post Boston Calling! Join Me at the SSWCA Conference: Let’s Nurture Writers, Conquer Imposter Syndrome Together appeared first on reThink ELA ..read more
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5 New Resources Added to 27+ High-Interest Nonfiction Websites for High School Students
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by Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.
8M ago
If you have students interested in economics or finance, I’ve published new recommendations for you. I updated the popular list of 27+ High-Interest Nonfiction Websites for High School Students by adding five fresh, trusted, and globally recognized resources to help your students dive deeper into the dynamic world of nonfiction! This revamp brings our total […] The post 5 New Resources Added to 27+ High-Interest Nonfiction Websites for High School Students appeared first on reThink ELA ..read more
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Building Trust in the Classroom: Understanding Black Culture and Overcoming Labels
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by Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.
8M ago
I'm thrilled to welcome fellow University of Oklahoma Ph.D. program student Christine Chapman to discuss some important steps to building trust in the classroom. This topic is especially important to me as a White woman serving diverse communities. I know this topic is important outside of my context since 80 percent of public school teachers […] The post Building Trust in the Classroom: Understanding Black Culture and Overcoming Labels appeared first on reThink ELA ..read more
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Stand Up for the Right to Read: A Critical Snapshot and Resource Guide
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by Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.
9M ago
If you’re facing the daunting challenge of censorship from your community or administration, I have something important to share with you. My co-author, Shelly Kay Unsicker-Durham, and I have recently published an article titled "The Hydra Nature of Book Banning and Censorship: A Snapshot and Two Annotated Bibliographies" in the latest issue of Study & […] The post Stand Up for the Right to Read: A Critical Snapshot and Resource Guide appeared first on reThink ELA ..read more
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The Power of Dialogue: How Bakhtin’s Ideas Can Transform Your Secondary ELA Classroom
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by Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.
9M ago
If you know anything about teenagers, you know they love to talk. This is completely normal developmentally, but can be incredibly frustrating if this behavior is something you’re problematizing in your classroom. It’s a losing battle and both you and your students will lose, no matter who “wins.” Instead of fighting your students' natural inclination […] The post The Power of Dialogue: How Bakhtin’s Ideas Can Transform Your Secondary ELA Classroom appeared first on reThink ELA ..read more
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Harnessing One-Pager Templates in English Language Arts: A Comprehensive Guide
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by Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.
10M ago
When it comes to enhancing learning experiences in the English Language Arts (ELA) class, incorporating different teaching strategies is the way to go. I know it’s the middle of July and you need to get as much mental rest as possible, but I want to throw these ideas out to you so you’ll have them […] The post Harnessing One-Pager Templates in English Language Arts: A Comprehensive Guide appeared first on reThink ELA ..read more
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2023-24: Are You Ready For The First Days Of School?
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by Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.
10M ago
It's barely August,  but many of my teacher-friends on Facebook and Instagram have been posting memes and asking questions about this year's lesson plans since the middle of July. I just finished my quantitative analysis class a couple of weeks ago and am still in recovery, so I thought this would be a good time […] The post 2023-24: Are You Ready For The First Days Of School? appeared first on reThink ELA ..read more
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A Writing Center Consultant’s Guide to Academic Writing for College-Bound High School Students
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by Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.
10M ago
If you've been following the blog over the past few months, you know that I've been working as a writing consultant at OU while I finish my PhD in English Education. In my time at the writing center, I've worked with dozens of students on their academic writing, and I've amassed a collection of resources […] The post A Writing Center Consultant’s Guide to Academic Writing for College-Bound High School Students appeared first on reThink ELA ..read more
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