Professional development for the literature lover ...
Join a fellow high school English teacher and discover ways to make the study of literature fun, relevant, and meaningful for all of your students. In the time of one work day, you will learn how to make your teaching life easier and get better results.
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PD for Secondary ELA Teachers
Virtual or Remote Learning for ELA Teachers
Black Lives Matter in Literature
Podcasts as Literature
The Video Essay and Filmmaking
Poetry and Prosody, Rhythm and Rhyme
Short Fiction and Point of View
The Teaching of Writing
PD for New Secondary ELA Teachers
Handling the Paper Load
Inspiring a Love of Reading
Exciting and Engaging Activities
Balancing Joy and Rigor
Teaching as Performance
Flexibility and Grades
Outside the Classroom
Take a free mini course on PD for New ELA Teachers or PD for ELA Teachers. Visit The Teacher's Workshop to read my blog or listen to my podcast, "The Joys of Teaching Literature" wherever you get your podcasts.
My courses focus on:
- project-based, real world learning
- working smart, not hard
- simplifying the teaching of writing and literature
- student-centered and small group learning
- exciting classroom activities
- stress-free learning
- new technologies that enhance learning
- establishing a positive classroom culture
- inspiring creativity and curiosity
From feedback survey:
“What Scott's course did for me was it took important, worthwhile texts, and brought them into the current century. I can continue to do what I do as an English teacher, but after taking Scott's course, I have new tools. I have been an English teacher for 23 years, and though I am thoroughly conversant in my subject matter, I am not competent in these new-fangled tools. Scott teaches great literature, and he has new and innovative ways to engage students. He spoke teacher-to-teacher in this course. I would want to be one of his students. His objectives were always clear, and he didn't waste our time. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of resources, and he shared many computer files and directories with us. … It was a wonderful course. Being a teacher yourself, you’re mindful of people’s time and are ruthlessly pragmatic in your approach.” - Sarah H.
“The downloads are helpful. Some of the topics are ones that I struggle to make interesting for my students, and the ideas that Scott presents are great to help me engage my students … You've touched on most things I teach to my students … You're engaging and clearly love what you do. The projects you've created have given me great ideas to use in my own classes for the kids." - Jacqueline S.
"Overall, this course was very useful and relevant to the practices that I conduct in my classroom. It was very helpful in solidifying some of the things that I already teach and in providing additional areas where I can add on to or modify my lessons to make them more engaging and meaningful (just as advertised!). My instructor was very friendly and knowledgeable about the topics he discussed! He was very thorough in his explanations of the topics as well." - Candace
“Overall a great course. The topics covered will be used and implemented this year. All of the curriculum was timely. This means that the curriculum can fit with the modern day student. Scott was articulate and showed that he has a passion for teaching and also has fun.” - Christopher L.
Transform your classroom into an exciting place where all of your students, not just some of them, become immersed in meaningful and exciting projects. Inspire your students to be enthusiastic about solving the world’s problems. See them bring positive energy into your classroom every time they walk in the door. Make teaching feel effortless and make your classroom a place with laughter and fun. I’ve developed my methods using extensive feedback from my students provided anonymously at the end of the year. You’ll learn proven conventional techniques and new techniques that unlock the imagination and deep thinking inside all of your students. No need to reinvent the wheel or spend countless hours browsing on social media sites looking for ideas. Immerse your students in the world of language that surrounds them, the language of novels, stories, poems, plays, movies, conversations, emails, social media, blogs, television, and songs. Teach students how to think for themselves and appreciate the beauty and power of language.
In PD for Secondary ELA Teachers, you'll be able to download 100 resources including my units on short fiction, poetry, and Hamlet, a $50 value).
At the end of the course, you'll get the time to reflect and plan, and participants will receive a certificate of completion with 10 PD credit hours. Individual districts or states approve the PD credit hours.
How To Write an Excellent College Application Essay or Personal Narrative for Teachers or Students
Pick a Topic
Establish a Tone
Create a Theme
The Issue of Time
Show, Don't Tell
Literary Devices and Techniques
From feedback survey: “There’s a lot I liked about the course … Each presentation was clear, easy to follow, and provided concrete examples. As a teacher, your humanity came through as you spoke to your audience. Your voice was inviting … To sum up, I would say that your message was clear, well packaged and presented, and defined that illusive quality in writing which some call our humanity - those qualities what makes us unique, relatable, and special… I really enjoyed the course.” – Deborah A.