On Teaching English
On Teaching English
When parents ask for reading suggestions for their kids, here's a handy list you can share, broken down by grade. Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash During the holiday season and when birthdays roll around, parents often seek out gifts that their kids will enjoy while also learning something-a delicate balance.
I remember, very clearly still, my childhood bedroom, a warm and tidy little space with light yellow walls and a bed with a blue and green floral comforter. I remember many happy evenings in this room, reading with my dad before I fell asleep.
It was my first classroom observation as a new teacher, and I was terrified. I was only about six weeks into my first year teaching middle school English and literature when my supervisor, language and education specialist Dr. Katy Lichon, came to Fort Worth to evaluate my practice, and I was well aware I had plenty of room to grow in pedagogy and in planning.
I love it when their eyes widen. That is my favorite part. "You teach English? To middle schoolers?" people ask, incredulous, awed. "Oh man, I was the worst in middle school." "Yes, you probably were," I nod-a heavy sort of nod, the nod of an old wizard who has lived a thousand years.
I stepped out of Dillon Chapel, carefully cradling the paper lantern I held in my arms. I felt the the heavy, humid South Bend summer air descend, and my eyes adjusted to the darkness that had settled on South Quad during Mass.
For Catholic education to continue and thrive in America, we need more proponents on the political frontlines. We need advocates who are willing to speak with policymakers, pastors, and parents to ensure that Catholic education is available to all families, regardless of wealth or status. Specifically, we need more people like Renée Stoeckle.
Four people stand in ready position on South Quad. Their knees are slightly bent, their eyes trained on the yellow ball as it bounces neatly off the circular net in the grass. It's twilight on Notre Dame's campus-fireflies have already started to congregate on the lawn-but for these four players, the rest of the world has melted away.
Ask Evan Phillips how he is doing-I dare you. Without hesitation and with a smile brighter than sunshine, he will say, "I'm blessed!" Evan, ACE 23, is the sort of person who simply radiates joy. He is quick with a handshake or much-needed hug, and his speech is filled with phrases like, "I'm fortunate because..."
To an outsider, rugby may come off as a hostile sport. Even those who have not seen a game can imagine the intensity of a sport that uses terms such as "charge-down," "crusher tackle," and "blood bin."
Before he became an award-winning education researcher, Dan Bowen, Ph.D., was an improv coach. A middle school improv coach, to be precise. Bowen, recent recipient of the Michael Pressley Award for a Promising Scholar in the Education Field, taught middle school social studies at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School as an ACE 13 Teaching Fellow.