Posts from the “Lesson Plans” Category

The Late-Summer, Low-Humidity, Rapidly-Approaching-Fall Daze

Posted on July 26, 2013

So . . . YAY!  I have procured a fulltime, bonafide, virtually ideal teaching position!  By starting this entry with good news, then segueing into a pseudo-apology for my lack of attention to this blog (all the while implying that the reasons for my absence were understandable and even laudable, given that I was engaged in an epic job search which consumed my every waking moment), I hope to deflect, pacify, and ameliorate any harsh feelings that you, the casual–and perhaps imaginary–reader, might have toward me.  So, sorry for not writing.  But YAY! I will be teaching 11th and 12th grade English next year at a small, co-ed Catholic school.  Terror, excitement, and a deep-seated fear of proving inadequate sum up my emotional state.…

Minecraft Part Deux

Posted on October 1, 2012

Soooo I’ve been a bad blogger.  A poor pontificator.  A sorry soliloquizer.  I can offer up all the usual excuses, such as “I’ve been busy,” or, “Life gets in the way,” or, “I stepped in a really big wad of gum on the sidewalk, got stuck there for approximately one month’s time, and was finally rescued by the derring do of Scooby Doo and his goofy troop of teenage sleuths.”  But all those would be mistruths, half-truths, or deliberate efforts to disguise my sense of shame with glib humor.

But good news!  I have been hired!  As a substitute teacher at several schools!  And it is the pursuit, achievement, and fulfillment of this grandly exciting thing that has occupied much of my time.  I am literally pleased as punch to be in the classroom in whatever capacity (as long as it’s not as a human Kleenex dispenser).

The rest of this post will be dedicated to a bit of Nerdom that I find particularly enjoyable.  If you read my previous post on Minecraft, you are familiar with how much of a fan I am of it.  Well, today I bring you a video of a multiple choice question I made in Minecraft using circuitry and all kinds of other things unfamiliar and intimidating to an English major.  When I become a bonafide, dyed-in-the-wool, card-carrying teacher of English, I’m going to try to implement some sort of game mechanics in my classroom similar to this in order to teach grammar concepts.  Think of it!  Making grammar kind of fun!  And exciting!  Pie in the sky you say?  Well, I beg to differ:


Apologies for the snuffly bits and weird throat-clearing; I’m battling something akin to a head cold.  But yay!  Conjunctions!  I’m thinking of building entire levels that would test students’ knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, and even literature.  Levels could even be book-themed.  Imagine a Harry Potter level set in Hogwarts.  Or a Lord of the Flies Level set on a deserted island.

If you’re interested in all this stuff, I suggest you check out  It’s a really cool modification of vanilla Minecraft that allows teachers to do some awesome educational things with the game.

And FYI: I am aware there is some debate over whether “therefore” is technically a conjunction, but for the purposes of this video I didn’t consider it a conjunction.

Have any ideas of how something like this could be implemented in an English classroom or other academic discipline?  Let me know!  Tell me your ideas so I can be inspired by them and (tactfully) steal them–giving you full credit of course!

Wordflex Terminological Inexactitude

Posted on July 9, 2012

Yesterday I did a brief, and markedly informal, review of the dictionary/thesaurus app Wordflex.  Today I am going to have some fun with it.  At the very least, I’m going to do something that I consider fun, and which you’ll probably consider extraneous, cloying, and weird.  Perhaps you won’t consider it at all as you breezily skirt by my blog to better and more entertaining reads. As you may or may not be aware, I am an aspiring English teacher.  Admittedly, there are more lucrative positions that require less work and offer greater perks (I’m looking at you Pixar, with your dog-friendly work environment and indoor playground).  But I love books, I’m creative, and I want to be a teacher.  So that’s that. Pixar…