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, resources, and more we found in March!

1. Episode 152: Teaching is Dope - Dwayne Reed

First on our list is this delightful episode of the Teach Better Talk! Podcast. Jeff Gargas and Rae Hughart interview Dwayne Reed, a 4th grade teacher and viral YouTube star. Dwayne shares all his thoughts about education, including advice on how to better connect with your students. Listen now!

2. Gather Student Feedback with Google Forms

For those of you who implement Google Classroom in the, well, classroom, this article by Bethany Petty is for you. As an exit ticket activity, Bethany asks her students to provide direct feedback on the day’s lesson using a simple Google form. Read all about her process on her blog, Teaching With Technology.

3. Coronavirus, Kobe Bryant and News Literacy with Darren Hudgins

A lot has made headlines in the last few months, from the unexpected death of one of basketball’s biggest stars to the unprecedented rise of COVID-19. Unfortunately, with all of the news comes the spread of misinformation and clickbait. In this episode of the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast, author Darren Hudgins explains the importance of news literacy and how we can help students separate fact from fiction.

4. 15 Self Care and Healing Books for Teens

Chances are, there are students in your class dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, or other stressors and are looking for ways to process their feelings. That’s where literature can help. This post on Secondary Sara’s blog compiles 15 books chosen by English teachers that deal with mental health, self-care, and healing.

5. The Most Important Key to Supporting Struggling Writers

For students, writing units can be daunting, and for understandable reasons. There’s a lot of pressure to produce quality work, and not every student feels confident in their writing abilities to get the job done. On her blog, Melissa Kruse outlines seven teaching strategies for tackling this issue, all of which will encourage your students to become better writers.