Instagram and teaching? Cool!

I’m excited to try using Instagram in my teaching next year. I never realized that Instagram has a “direct” option when taking a photo, which means instead of making a photo public to your followers, a student could “pass in” a photo to my account. Pretty cool.  Do you think enough students at WHS useContinue reading “Instagram and teaching? Cool!”

Some summer reading: Mark Twain and Education

“In Twain’s writings, he returned again and again to a simple theme: Education should be practical and meaningful. When high marks on exams are the goal, students end up focusing on isolated facts and writing in what Twain described in Tom Sawyer as a ‘wasteful and opulent gush.’” This article isn’t for or against theContinue reading “Some summer reading: Mark Twain and Education”

Farewell, prepositions. Hello, new “because”.

If we are going to start grammatical revolutions, we should at least know what we are talking about. So, for example, when a crazy English teacher on summer vacation calls you out on it, you can respond in a professional, intelligent way, like… “Yes, I am aware that I am purposely omitting a preposition inContinue reading “Farewell, prepositions. Hello, new “because”.”

Welcome to my new site!

To celebrate the kick-off of summer vacation, I’ve launched the beginnings of a brand new online portal for my classes. And to top it off? I now have my own domain: http://www.mrgosselin.org I’m really excited to use this new site to share classroom updates, articles and assignments with you throughout the school year. I hopeContinue reading “Welcome to my new site!”