GCTE Here We Come!: Sharing Innovative Approaches to Teaching ELA


I realized the other day that I had not posted for nearly a month. While I intended to share my latest attempt at supporting my work-based learning students a few weeks ago, a scheduling conflict caused me to cancel my workshop with them, meaning I have been working with most students one-on-one through their resume-building process. I do intend to have a real update there, but in the meantime, I wanted to share some great news and hopefully drum up some interest of fellow ELA teachers in the state of Georgia.

Last night myself and several of my colleagues found out we were approved to present at this year’s GCTE (Georgia Council of Teachers of English) Conference in Athens, GA on February 9-10!

What makes this particularly special this year is rather than going solo as I have in many years past to present, I invited several of my ELA colleagues to join forces with me to put in multiple proposals that showcase the extraordinary work we do with students on our campus. A sincere goal of mine this year was to bring my school to the foreground of what innovative and best practices look like in the modern high school setting, and I was so thrilled to see my colleagues to accept my invitation. Because of their leap of faith, Lanier High School will have 7 ELA teachers represented in 4 great presentations during the weekend. I do sincerely hope fellow ELA teachers in the state can join us. The topics we’ll be exploring include:

  • “Exiting Through the Gift Shop: Enhancing Non-Fiction Instruction through Banksy, Documentary, and Memoir”
  • “Formative Assessment with Seesaw
  • “Innovating Shakespeare: A Collaborative, Technology-Rich Approach to Introducing the Bard”
  • “Transforming Teaching Through a Blended Classroom”

We hope to see you there!


See You @ #GCTE2016

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Though the conference actually begins this morning, I will not be able to join the festivities until this afternoon. I am really looking forward to another great conference. This year I have recruited my friend Taylor Cross (Decatur HS) to present with me. Our session info is below:

Session: Zines, Blogs, and the Remix: Leveraging ‘Unschooled’ Literacy Practices to Engage Student Writers
When: 9:10AM, Saturday, February 20th//Concurrent Session H
Where: GCTE 2016 Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge//Grand Ballroom 3

If you’re there, come find me.

Oh, and I passed my proposal defense. Onto data collection and analysis!

New Publication in GCTE’s ‘Connections’


For those that following me on social media in any form, you may have already seen me post about this, BUT I wanted to document the accomplishment on the blog. I was thrilled to hear a few months ago that my two submissions to the fall edition of Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE) Connections were selected for publication. Continue reading

See You @ GCTE!


It’s that time of year again! This Thursday night I am headed to the Georgia Council of Teachers of English Annual 2015 conference at the Brasstown Valley Resort. This is my second year presenting, and I’m totally pumped about it. I’m looking forward to sharing some of what I’ve learned this past year about student writing and exploring the impact of their writing through genuine reflection. If you’re headed there too, I hope to see you there. My session info is inside. Continue reading

See You @ GCTE!

3I’m excited to be heading down to Callaway Gardens this afternoon for this year’s GCTE (Georgia Council Teachers of English) conference. I’ll be presenting with my fellow doctoral student and friend, Nick Thompson of Lassiter High School. I’ve never been to the conference; although, I have been a member before. If you care to, read on to find out more about what we’re presenting Friday morning! Continue reading