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Hosted by Secondary English Language Arts teacher Michelle Waters, reThink ELA offers strategies, products, and expert advice to help teachers build student-centered, socially conscious, and real-world relevant middle and high school English classes.

reThink ELA Podcast Michelle Waters

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Hosted by Secondary English Language Arts teacher Michelle Waters, reThink ELA offers strategies, products, and expert advice to help teachers build student-centered, socially conscious, and real-world relevant middle and high school English classes.

    reThink ELA #015: Engaging Rural Students in Your ELA Classroom

    reThink ELA #015: Engaging Rural Students in Your ELA Classroom

    When choosing literature for your students to read and discuss, there's always much discussion about selecting books in which the students can see themselves. When they can relate to the characters in a book -- due to their environment, character traits, or life experiences -- students become more interested in the larger discussion. However, many teachers […]

    reThink ELA #014: How To Complicate The Single Story In The Literary Canon

    reThink ELA #014: How To Complicate The Single Story In The Literary Canon

    Teachers around the United States are finding themselves on the frontlines of a cultural battle that has heated up significantly in recent months. Book banning and legislation that seeks to prevent teachers from doing their actual jobs have taken to new levels the historical battles between conscientious English Language Arts teachers and institutions within the […]

    reThink ELA #013: Empowering Student Interests in the Secondary Classroom

    reThink ELA #013: Empowering Student Interests in the Secondary Classroom

    One of the most important things teachers can do is impact students’ lives by creating spaces for them to discover their passions and use their voices. This is integral for student success—especially for students who struggle in the confining spaces many schools create.  My  guest, despite successful leadership in and out of the classroom, found […]

    reThink ELA #012: Connecting to Young Adult Audiences through Real Life Experiences

    reThink ELA #012: Connecting to Young Adult Audiences through Real Life Experiences

    Knowing their reading audience helps authors to craft their books and create their story arcs. Understanding the pain points of their audience and the problems they struggle with the most helps to identify which topics should be included in the manuscript.  Similarly, teachers need to know their students and their background and maturity level to […]

    reThink ELA #011: Getting Students Excited to Write with NaNoWriMo

    reThink ELA #011: Getting Students Excited to Write with NaNoWriMo

    Experienced adult writers are intimidated by the NaNoWriMo project, which entails writing a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. Who thought up such an event when writing is usually a much longer labor of love? Now imagine the faces of 8th graders when presented with this project? A teaching veteran of 30 years, […]

    reThink ELA #010: Fostering Student-Led Discussions with the TQE Method

    reThink ELA #010: Fostering Student-Led Discussions with the TQE Method

      So much scrutiny is placed upon teachers and the classroom these days, especially when it comes to how students are learning critical thinking skills – or IF they're learning critical thinking skills. Sometimes the “old school” ways of teaching simply don't work and new techniques need to be tested. TQE is one such technique […]

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