10 Books Every Pre-Service English Teacher Needs to Read

1. Why School?: How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere by Will Richardson. This Kindle Single explores what’s wrong with the way schools currently work and argues that we have to change. Richardson’s message is ultimately a hopeful one–and he provides practical guidelines that every teacher can follow for transforming his or…

Be Gretchen: The First Commandment of Methods

I didn’t intend for Gretchen Rubin to become the patron saint of my Methods course for Secondary English Ed majors, but the first of her twelve commandments, Be Gretchen, has become something of a mantra for us. Being Gretchen means knowing and accepting your likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, and making decisions accordingly. It means figuring…

The Fear Board

If you ever want to get a conversation going in a Methods class for pre-service teachers, ask about their teaching fears. And before you know it, you’ll have a white board covered with fears ranging from school shootings to bathroom breaks, from wardrobe malfunctions to meeting standards, from grading papers to getting yelled at by…