Each month, we share five things we love as part of our Footnotes Newsletter. Take a look at some of our favorite English language arts articles we read in July!

1. Teaching the Research Process Through Podcasting

The research paper: one of the most challenging projects for both students and teachers. But what if there was a better way to have students learn about the research process? Head to Edutopia to see how Jori Krulder used podcasting to do just that!

2. Today, I’d like to discuss teaching and broccoli.

Ever had such a bad experience with a certain food that you never wanted to eat it again? Sometimes, you might feel the same way when it comes to trying new teaching techniques. In this blog post, Marisa E. Thompson tackles why it’s always best to keep trying new things in the classroom, even if they don’t work out the first time.

3. Reflection’s Reality: Relationships Are Not Accidents

At the core of classroom culture is relationships, according to ELA educator Monte Syrie. In this post, Syrie explains how fostering healthy relationships built on respect can help students feel more comfortable in the classroom. Consider using his “Smiles and Frowns” activity if you want to encourage this type of growth among your students.

4. Differentiating Process with Student Choice Boards

We all know that no two students process information in exactly the same way. So how can you make sure that everyone in your class is getting the most out of your instruction? Simple: student choice boards. Learn all about this differentiated learning tool on Shaelynn Farnsworth’s blog!

5. Want to Quickly Connect with Your New Students? Start the Year with a Nosy Questionnaire

Avoid the awkward first-day introductions and icebreakers by giving your students this in-depth questionnaire developed by Erica Beaton. Its various questions and prompts will help you gather all the essential information about your new students without having to put them on the spot.