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Brett Vogelsinger

Ninth grade English teacher from Doylestown, PA

Brett is in his fourteenth year of teaching at Holicong Middle School this year, ten years in eighth grade and now his fourth teaching freshmen. He loves developing new ideas to engage students and working to develop their joy in reading and confidence in writing. He employs the class motto "Read voraciously. Write tenaciously." Each day, his students read a Poem of the Day, and each week they analyze an Article of the Week. He has published teaching ideas on Edutopia, New York Times Learning Network, Teach Thought, ASCD, and Nerdy Book Club.

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  • Literacy

    Poetry Across the Curriculum

    Comparing two poems side by side fosters deep thinking and rich discussion—even in classes beyond English.
  • Literacy

    4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day

    Make a daily habit of starting every ELA class with a poem—they’re short and intense, connect to other reading, and inspire student writing.
  • Literacy

    5 Engaging Uses for Letters in Your Classroom

    In an age of texts and tweets, teach your students the value of slowing down to write something that touches a heart or motivates an action.
  • Arts Integration

    Inventing Infographics: Visual Literacy Meets Written Content

    As the density of visual information increases, consider introducing your students to infographics as a means of more thoughtfully engaging with and creating written content.
  • Literacy

    Brisk and Bright Approaches for National Poetry Month

    Poetry is language at its most distilled and powerful. Show students its life and wonder by teasing poems apart with creative strategies for reciting and rewriting.
  • Technology Integration

    Integrating Daily Poetry in the Classroom: 5 Tools to Support Your Efforts

    Guest blogger Brett Vogelsinger shares five of the tools he's used to integrate daily poetry into his ninth grade English class, including strategies from Billy Collins, Garrison Keillor and a refrigerator magnet app.