Writing

Metaphors for Avoiding Writing Overwhelm (with Free Handouts!)

We talk about "writing" as if it's a single skillset, but that's not accurate at all. The things that go into writing are incredibly varied, and chances are that any given individual will excel at some of them and struggle with others. Helping writers to separate out the different parts of the writing process can… Continue reading Metaphors for Avoiding Writing Overwhelm (with Free Handouts!)

5 Grammar Rules That Really Matter and 5 That Don't
Writing

3 Punctuation and Grammar Errors That Really Matter (and 3 That Don’t)

When people find out I teach English, by far one of their most common concerns they ask me about is how to teach their children grammar. It comes up again and again in conversations both online and in person, and I understand why there is so much anxiety around this topic. After all, many adults… Continue reading 3 Punctuation and Grammar Errors That Really Matter (and 3 That Don’t)

Outschool Classes, Reading, Writing

Announcing a New Class: Composition Using Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

I'm very excited to announce the development of a new composition class. In October, I found myself on a women's writing retreat with some amazing people. I knew that I wanted to start working on a new class, and (as I've written about before) I like to theme my classes around nonfiction books. I had… Continue reading Announcing a New Class: Composition Using Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Reading, Writing

The Myth of Learning to Read vs. Reading to Learn

My formal educational training has primarily been geared toward teaching college students. I have extensive training in teaching different populations of college students: traditional, non-traditional, first-generation, advanced, remedial. But a lot of what I have learned about learning has been in the context of adult and teen learners. So when I started homeschooling, I also… Continue reading The Myth of Learning to Read vs. Reading to Learn

Writing

Dreams for Dayla Learning Curriculum (A Call for Beta Testers)

Do you want to know a secret? I've got some dreams for this site. See, I've been teaching writing for more than a decade, and I love doing it. In that time, I've thought a lot about what makes writing exciting, interesting, and engaging. When people find out I'm an English teacher, they usually groan… Continue reading Dreams for Dayla Learning Curriculum (A Call for Beta Testers)

Writing

Using Nonfiction in Writing Instruction

If you think back to your own experiences with learning to write in a formal setting, chances are that writing and literary study are tied together in your memories. There's a rich tradition of using literature to teach writing, and in many ways, it makes a lot of sense. After all, if these stories, poems,… Continue reading Using Nonfiction in Writing Instruction