It’s my second year teaching high school. I work in a big school with about two thousand students. In Grade 11 Advanced English we study Macbeth.
“Miss, do we really have to write another essay?” a lanky boy in the front row asks.
Join me as I explore creativity and process. The big question I always asked as an English teacher was how can I motivate my students to write every day? The big question I always asked myself when I first started writing was how can I motivate myself to write every day?
I have always loved questions.
My earliest memory of using questions in my teaching was about fifteen years ago. Grade 11 high school English. We studied Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Using a piece of blank 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, I wrote in black sharpie the names of themes around the edges of the page, leaving the centre blank. Friendship, good, evil, life, death, nature, survival, rules, and so on.
“You have to name the learning,” she said. “NAME the LEARNING.” Teachers have lightbulb moments too!