Telling us what not to read only makes it more intriguing. Amber Chandler confirmed this truth a decade ago, during The Year of Risque Reading. “The best thing that could have happened to my 8th graders’ literacy DID happen: a banned book was rebellion, and they were up for it.”
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Amber Chandler’s blog
With summer’s slower pace, some educators’ thoughts may be turning to classroom grant-seeking. Amber Chandler is always on the lookout for funding that helps her kids. She’s batting 20 percent (double the average) and is happy to share tips to boost your own success rate.
Teaming with her adjunct class of preservice ELA teachers, NBCT Amber Chandler develops the “Literacy Journey” – a multi-literacies activity that can create more awareness and insight among herself and her students, leading to a connected classroom community each Fall.
Every school has a Giver – a keeper of collective memories. ELA teacher Amber Chandler can’t believe she’s waited so long to call upon Frontier Middle’s own Giver, guidance counselor Matt Schoeffield. He’ll soon retire, after 40 years, but first he has a story to tell.
Amber Chandler envisions her middle schoolers as cupcakes in the making as she considers the need for teachers to support each other from elementary through graduation. Read about ways she’s strengthened her unit on The Giver to emphasize high school writing skills.
Integrating social-emotional learning into your classroom is necessary and practical, writes eighth-grade teacher, book author, and NBCT Amber Chandler, in a time when “loads of research tells us that kinder, gentler classrooms are better learning environments.”
Not all educators and parents are ready to trust Artificial Intelligence, writes Amber Chandler, but to fully participate in the lives of our students and our children, we need to go where they are. Not only is AI very real to them, it’s also where the future awaits.
Amber Chandler introduces her rising 7th grade daughter Zoey to share “five things I wish people told me about going to middle school.” Perspective is everything, as Zoey demonstrates, with some advice she urges sixth grade teachers to share with their new students.
Amid the mix of emotions and preoccupations that crowd end-of-year school days, Amber Chandler takes time to discover how her 8th graders ranked her five major ELA units this year. What they think will help her prepare for next fall. Once she returns from the lake!
How much pre-teaching and context-building should teachers do when they teach novels from other cultural eras? How much is too much in a discovery-based classroom? Amber Chandler’s students helped her find the right balance as they experienced The Outsiders.