My name is Heather MacCorkle Edick. I am a teacher who calls a small school district in the gorgeous Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania my educational home. I currently teach AP® Literature and Composition, English 11, Creative Writing I and II, and (new this year) Journalism. I could not be happier.
As an educator, I often need an outlet for my thoughts and feelings about learning, teaching, school, and education. There are so many things to think about, so many conversations to have. That’s why I started this blog many years ago.
I pour my heart and mind out here, hoping someone will enjoy and perhaps benefit from my words. I hope that someone is you.
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- Hello World!
- Teaching ELA as a Survey Course
- Reclaiming Myself
- How Many Hours a Week Do You Work, Fellow Teacher?
- Dear School Boards: It’s Time To Treat Paraprofessionals as Professionals, Please.
- A Follow Up to “How to Care for Students Differently”
- That Wasn’t Professional Development. That Wasn’t Even Training.
- How to Care for Students Differently
- Humanities I: “Why Do Writers Write?”
- I Dream of Building Such a School One Day, Part IV
- I Dream of Building Such a School One Day, Part III
- I Dream of Building Such a School One Day, Part II
- I Dream of Building Such a School One Day
- Three Things I Can Do to Make This School Year Better
- Dear School Boards: You Need to Professionalize the Substitute Teacher Role
- Ideas for Bell Ringers, Part II
- A Letter to Tutoring Organizations from a Loyal Tutor
- Ideas for Bell Ringers
- What Is Forgiveness?
- “What’s the plan?”
- This Teacher Is Now Accepting Applications
- Reimagining Creative Writing
- 2022: The Year of Readjustment
- Positivity Needed
- No, I Will Not Post Copyrighted Materials
- Yesterday, I Took Steps to Take My Classroom Back
- Is It Time to Go Low Tech Again?
- TikTok Challenges, Fictitious Letters, and Elfin Ears
- High School Students Don’t Have Time for Homework
- Communicating with Students and Families
- This Week, I Was the Teacher I Want to Be
- “What Did I Miss?” — 3 Ways to Avoid Having to Answer That Question
- The Remnants of Hurricane Ida and Reopening School
- I DID IT!
- Private Chat: A Gift to Students
- Getting Ready for Virtual Meet the Teacher Night
- Reasons to be Excited to Return to School
- Day 26 of a 30-Day Writing Challenge
- These Six Self Statements Can Be Explicitly Taught
- Who Is the Real Antagonist in Your Story?
- My Quest Toward Going Gradeless
- Keep Writing, Keep Learning!
- Continuing Progress Toward Going Gradeless in a Score-Obsessed Environment
- Going Gradeless in a Score-Obsessed Learning Environment: Progress Update
- Going Gradeless in a Score-Obsessed Learning Environment
- What Purpose Does a Grade Serve?
- Helping Students Find Their “Why”
- Let's Jettison Standardized Tests into the Sea of What Was
- Stop Playing Mind Games
- Formative Assessment Helps Students Become Better Writers
- How Is Your District Using ESSER Funds?
- Why Are Some Playing Politics with School Reopening?
- Meeting Students Where They Are
- Tackling Four Preps with One Prep Period (Part II)
- My 30-Day Writing Challenge Reading List
- Tackling Four Preps with One Prep Period (Part I)
- What Would I Do if I Quit Teaching?
- Teachers as Curators
- What I Have Learned Six Days into the 30-Day Writing Challenge
- We Need Real Leadership, and We Need It Now
- The Argument for More Time with Our Students
- Front-loading Vocabulary in a High School Journalism Class
- Do We Address “Learning Loss” or Something More Important This School Year, Namely Mental Health?