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Faking It ‘Til You Make It: Tips for Looking Less Like a Rookie Teacher

 “Is this your first year as a teacher?”

There are only a few possible answers when a student asks this dreaded question. All of them are wrong.

See Me After Class: Discussion Questions for First-Year Teachers

Discussion and Reflection Questions for First-Year Teachers
See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers
By Roxanna Elden

See Me After Class: Book Discussion Questions for Education Courses and Pre-Service Teachers

Professors… or anyone using See Me After Class to train pre-service teachers:

This chapter-by-chapter guide is specifically tailored to readers preparing for the first year of teaching, which leaves you more time to develop that lesson on Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Teacher Book Club Questions for See Me After Class

Teacher Book Club Questions for See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers
by Roxanna Elden

General Questions
-The author mentions teacher movies several times in her book. In what ways does she seem think these movies are helpful to real-life teachers? In what ways does she suggest they hurt? Do you agree?
-Which chapter did you find the most helpful? Why?
-On page 111, the author lists “Ten Principles of Successful Living We All Hope Students Learn From Us.” Is there anything you would add to this list? What steps do you take in your classroom to integrate these principles into your subject matter?

Three Answers to the Question, “So, How Do I Get Published?”

At the end of my creative writing workshops, sometimes with only fifteen minutes left of the final class, someone inevitably asks, “So, how do we get our work published?” People also ask this question when they find out that I am the big-time smedium-time author of the breakaway, international bestseller moderately successful book See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers. Depending on the situation, I give one of three answers to this question:

Self-Editing Tips for Writers

These self-editing tips are based collectively on submissions from my adult creative writing workshops. They are tips meant for advanced rather than beginning writers, though they apply to almost every writer. They are generally more helpful in editing a first draft into a second draft, so don’t feel like you need to keep them in mind as you are writing. Get your writing onto the paper first. That’s the most important part. Then pick ONE of the following tips and edit for that.

Using the Tools of Standup Comedy to Make Your Writing Funnier (Humor Writing Mini-Course, Class 3)

Welcome to the third class in your 4-week, humor writing mini-course. This lesson talks about some basic principles of writing jokes for standup comedy and how these might apply to your writing.

Using “Benign Violation Theory” to Make Your Writing Funnier (Humor Writing Mini-Course, Class 2)

Welcome to class two of your 4-week, humor writing mini-course. In this lesson we’ll talk about how to choose the right level of detail to make your writing fit into the “Benign Violation” Theory of humor. (And if that’s not a hilarious class description, I don’t know what is.)

What Makes Writing Funny? (Humor Writing Mini-Course, Class 1)

Welcome to the first lesson of your 4-week, humor writing mini course. Today we’ll look at some examples of what makes things funny, and do an overview of the four most popular humor theories, ending with the one you’ll probably find most helpful in your writing. At the end, we’ll focus on tuning your mental radio to the “humor nerd station” so you can see the possibilities for humor all around you.

Humor Writing Mini-Class: Overview and Recommended Reading

This is an online-friendly version of a four-week course I taught through The Center for Writing and Literature at Miami-Dade College. The class was a great chance to spend time with other writers and use my nerdly passion for studying what makes things funny. It will probably be a long time before I’ll teach the same class again, so I’m putting the lessons online for other people who want to learn to make their writing funny. You can sign up here to receive the most current versions of activities and exercises once a week for four weeks.