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Code-Switching and Register

When I began my career as an English teacher(2004), my understanding was that a key part of my job was to help students (read:drag kicking and screaming) to learn to write more formally.  They often began writing as they spoke with their peers.  That is with slang, elliptical speech, and in fragments.  Clearly such language would be unacceptable … Continue reading

My 4 Classroom Rules and 3 Rules I Loathe

  When I began teaching at Hershey High School back in the fall of 2004, I was not entirely your usual neophyte teacher.  Sure, I only had a half-year long-term substitute teaching position under my belt for teaching experience.  But I wasn’t straight out of college.  I had some five years of distance from those … Continue reading