About

Thanks for visiting my blog. I am a high school English teacher in Newnan, GA where I work hard to make a difference in students’ lives in Room 128, my school and community, and education as a whole. My goals are to:

Advocate for the next generation. Millenials and Generation Z often get a bad rap in today’s society. I, however, believe they are simply misunderstood or products of the environment in which we the adults raised them.

Advocate for teachers. Teachers get the shaft sometimes because of bad press. I, however, believe teachers are some of the hardest working and caring people I know. The time has come for teachers to quit letting the media or a few negative parents write our story; the time has come to join forces and speaking up about the great things happening in our classrooms.

Advocate for education. I’ll be the first to admit that public schools have problems but so do private schools and even homeschooling has its own set of challenges. The fact remains, however, that education – and the success or failure of it – is at the root of our democracy. This blog is committed to not ignoring difficult issues but pressing through and making the system better.

Follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or connect with me on APLitHelp if you’re an ELA teachers. You can also find my writing on Edutopia and BAM! Radio Ed Words where I, along with other committed educators, share what we are doing in our classrooms and thoughts on education.

9 responses to “About

  1. Hi Susan, I like your blog, it is very dynamic and it’s great to read about the love you have for your students. They are very fortunate to have you as their advocate.

  2. Hi Susan, I am the communications editor for JoLLE (http://jolle.coe.uga.edu), the online Journal of Language and Literacy Education that is produced at The University of Georgia. I just wanted to let you know that we have linked your blog to our Scholars Speak Out (SSO) page. Thanks for being an advocate for students in your classroom and beyond!

  3. Hi Susan — I really loved your character complexity visual posted on #APLitChat last night. Do you post things on TPT or is there any way I could get a copy of it? I am teaching Invisible Man to my AP students now and I feel it would be a great way to understand more than one character. Thanks!

  4. Hi Ms. Susan,
    We are from The Progressive Teacher Magazine, India.
    This is a teacher magazine for K-12 educators, circulated all over India . We read your article “6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject” on Edutopia website and found very interesting. We would like to carry the same in our magazine. http://www.progressiveteacher.in for the benefit to our teacher readers. Along with the article we will carry your photograph and a brief with credit to your blog. Requesting you to please give your permission to do so.

    • Absolutely – feel free to use the article as well as my photo. I hope this will encourage teachers and provide ideas for them. Please let me know if I can help you further.

  5. Hi Susan!

    We’re a big fan of your blog over here at CommonLit and we’re extremely appreciative of the mention you gave us on Edutopia last fall. Is there any way that you’d be interested in guest blogging on our blog or vice versa. Shoot me an email if you’re interested!

    ~Rob

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