How to Prepare Kids for the AP Lit Test

Let’s start this blog off by first saying that I am no expert at teaching AP Literature and Composition. In fact, last year was my first time EVER teaching AP Lit. It was an absolute blast, and I hope I can teach the course for years to come. That said, my scores were pretty decent… Continue reading How to Prepare Kids for the AP Lit Test


First Day of School

Oh, hey. It’s been a looooooong time, hasn’t it? I told you I’m never good at keeping up with blogs, but this year I’m determined (and also sort of, kind of required to but not exactly). I also really want to. After six years in the classroom, I finally feel like a good teacher, and I feel… Continue reading First Day of School


Book Talk: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (January 6, 2015) Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary Interest: Student recommendation Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased Amazon          GoodReads Synopsis (from the Book Jacket) Theodore Finch is fascinated by death. Every day he thinks of ways he might die, but every day he also searches for–and manages… Continue reading Book Talk: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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“Bless Your Heart!”

. . . Or some other iteration is what people say to me when I respond to their query: “What do you do?” “I teach high school English,” I always say (usually with a bright smile on my face). I’m really proud of this part of my identity, and I rarely understand why people usually… Continue reading “Bless Your Heart!”