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HIGH SCHOOL MATTERS: The Secondary Section - Previous Revision

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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 educators.



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."   Read the full interview.            

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Each month, the Secondary Section Steering Committee is still committed to sharing a lesson for teachers to use in whole or in part.  This series, called ENGAGE NOW! allows each Steering Committee member to share and engage with teachers in the secondary section.  You can use these lessons as, "a transaction between our students and the worlds of the past and present as represented through a myriad of texts and genres" (Morrell).  Each lesson will contain resources, instructional strategies, immersive activities facilitating research and critical thinking.


ENGAGE NOW! is available in the Connected Community for members.

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