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Can You Break Grammar and Punctuation Rules and Still be a Good Writer?

Note: This is part of an online version of a writing workshop I taught for The Center for Writing and Literature at Miami-Dade College. The title of the class is Learning, Then Burning (Or at Least Overturning) the Writing Rule Book. You can sign up here to take the full class. It’s free, and you get one lesson per week for six weeks.

How to Use Goodreads and TVtropes to Improve Your Writing

Note: This is part of an online version of a writing workshop I taught for The Center for Writing and Literature at Miami-Dade College. The title of the class is Learning, Then Burning (Or at Least Overturning) the Writing Rule Book. You can sign up here to take the full class. It’s free, and you get one lesson per week for six weeks.

Interpreting Common Teacher Nightmares: A Totally Unscientific Guide

This piece was featured in Middleweb, a site specifically for teachers of grades 4-8, where it won a SmartBrief Education Editor’s Choice Award. Check out my E-Badge!

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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.

Announcing the New Teacher Disillusionment Power Pack (A Free Resource)

Note: The Disillusionment Power Pack is a one-month series of emails to help teachers get through the hardest part of their first year. The content of these emails does not go out to any of my other mailing lists and is not available on this blog.

I probably wouldn’t have blogged during my first year of teaching. That year was defined by a constant sense that I was the weakest link, so I would never have had the courage to share my low points with the world.

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?

My Favorite Guidelines for Commenting on Writing in a Group or Class: Reaction, Description, Prescription

Three steps of peer editing:
Reaction.
Description.
Prescription.

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: