The Secondary Section enhances the professional lives of secondary English language arts educators and the quality of education of their students by providing multiple forums for significant dialogue on historical, current, and emerging topics of interest to secondary English language arts
NCTE Annual Convention
Make plans now to join middle level educators in Boston this November for "(Re)Inventing the Future of English."
Start planning your convention experience by viewing the digital edition of the Convention Preview, the schedule of events, and the secondary level events.
Use the online searchable program to round out your schedule and register today!
HIGH SCHOOL MATTERS: Teacher Spotlight
Ike Thompson is the recipient of the Georgia Council of Teachers of English Teacher of Excellence award in 2011. Ike received the award due to his use of literature circles in the classroom and his personal teaching strategies. Mr. Thompson has a B.A. in English from Western Michigan University and an M.A. from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA.
"...I have come to realize good teachers are sponges. Recognize your need for growth and grab anything and everything you can from those around you. I tweak nearly everything I take from anybody else to fit my style, but, I must admit, I rarely come up with an innovative lesson all on my own. If you can’t or are unwilling to collaborate and sponge up what you can, there will be little opportunity for growth and betterment of yourself as an English teacher."
Principals in Practice Imprint
NCTE’s K-12 Principles in Practice imprint connects research with classroom practice offering teachers concrete illustrations of effective classroom practices based in NCTE research briefs and policy statements. Books within the imprint are grouped in strands focusing on adolescent literacy, writing, and assessment.
Other news from the Secondary Section
The May 2012 issue of English Journal features two pieces from the Secondary Section. Be sure to take a moment to read Kay Haas's (Secondary Section Steering Committee Chair) article discussion of the importance of mentoring, Mentoring New Teachers by Empowering the “Peeps”.
Also be sure to look at Secondary Section Steering Committee member Jocelyn Chadwick's piece on moving beyond the five-paragraph essay Green Pens, Marginal Notes: Rethinking Writing and Student Engagement
Opportunities for Teachers