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Christina Gil

Former Classroom Teacher, Current Homeschooler and Ecovillager

Christina Gil was a high-school English teacher for 16 years, but she recently left the classroom to follow a dream and move with her family to an ecovillage in rural Missouri. She blogs about empowering students to find their own answers at

She believes that analyzing a poem with twenty 17-year-olds is a fabulous way to spend an hour or so, that teenagers should celebrate the epic battles of their lives, and that Shakespeare is always better with sound effects.

When she is not hauling water to her tiny home, she can be found homeschooling her two kids or meeting with her neighbors about the best way to run their village.

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    Writing Workshop Checklist

    Teaching a writing workshop can be scary, but this list of eight things you’ll need will help you get started.
  • Literacy

    8 Tips for Teaching With Mentor Texts

    Using great writing as a model doesn’t come naturally to students—it’s a skill that needs to be taught.
  • Critical Thinking

    Engaging With Contrary Evidence

    Crafting strong arguments requires students to truly grapple with evidence that doesn’t fit with their ideas.
  • Assessment

    Interactive Notebooks: No Special Hardware Required

    Here’s an old-school interactive tool: a spiral-bound notebook set up as a simple, functional system for students to create, write, and explore ideas all in the same place.
  • Growth Mindset

    Teachers Need a Growth Mindset Too

    Pushing our students to adopt a growth mindset is an easy call. Adopting one ourselves is harder.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Teach Empathy With Literature

  • Critical Thinking

    Love Lessons

    Valentine’s Day is a great time to get students thinking critically about a complex human emotion.
  • Student Engagement

    Hacking Teens’ Desire to Impress Their Peers

    You can get teens to work harder by giving them an audience they really care about—each other.
  • Literacy

    Teens Aren’t Too Old to Play

    A few ways to let high school students play in English class—and they’re not entirely frivolous.

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