Featured Author: Gwendolyn Heasely

Trying to woo my high school students with books can be, at times, a challenging proposition.  Many of my kids (grades 9-12) are classified Learning Disabled and reading has long been a hated chore to most.  Their comprehension skills are weak and when they come to me as freshmen, most have never known the joy […]

An Apple or a Rotten Tomato for the Teacher?

We are both named Natalie.  We both work in high schools.  We both teach English.  We both blog.  But that is where the similarities end. Last week, a story broke about this other Natalie, a 30-year-old teacher in a suburban Philadelphia school, who was suspended with pay for writing insulting posts about students, parents, and […]

The Agony and The Ecstasy: Summer Reading

18 years ago this week found a desperate, 17-year-old me scrambling to secure a VHS copy of The Elephant Man from my local library because school was starting and I had yet to read the required (and dreaded) Summer Reading assignment*!  Now friends, believe me when I tell you that cribbing on a test was waaay harder before the […]