This week, let’s figure out how we can win every argument (see Friday’s video): 1.  MUG Shot Monday (Mechanics, usage, and grammar proofreading practice): Click here for a semester-long set of these MUG bell-ringer slides. 2. Words on Wednesday – SAT-level vocabulary: Click here for a semester-long set of these vocabulary bell-ringer slides. 3. Freestyle Friday […]

Don’t tell the kids, but Friday’s slides are really just a lecture I disguised to look like a game. Most of the time, the ruse works. Continue reading

We survived Full Moon Friday the 13th, y’all! Hope you had a great week and that things didn’t get too wacky yesterday. Here’s the latest from the ‘Tube: 1. MUG Shot Monday (Mechanics, usage, and grammar proofreading practice): Click here for a semester-long set of these MUG bell-ringer slides. 2. Words on Wednesday – SAT-level […]

Is it just me or do short weeks often feel even longer than usual weeks? Huh. Here’s what I was talking about on the YouTube channel this week: Continue reading

The year-long experiment has begun! For this academic year, I’m bringing little drops of high school English to YouTube as direct-to-student flipped instruction and teacher prep. Continue reading

One the gaps in my instruction has been the lack of a specific focus on Greek and Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes in my vocabulary program. I (mistakenly) figured by the time students reached high school they’d been hammered with roots/affixes in elementary and middle school, but a crunchy moment from the spring semester revealed […]

Vocabulary instruction used to be my Achilles’ heel. I tried tons of different strategies, but each one brought very little yield in terms of student retention. Frustrated, one summer I tossed aside the yellowing school-issued workbooks and went rogue, building my own plan and materials. The result is Words on Wednesday, a close examination each […]