Karen Birt

Karen Birt teaches high school English part-time at Clinton Christian School in Goshen, Indiana. She also teaches a few freshman English classes at Grace College and coordinates the Winona History Center there. When not teaching, Karen enjoys reading and traveling. She wants to add many European countries to her travel list (when COVID travel restrictions are over!). Karen is a part of the Plevna Dunkard Brethren Church.

9 Contributions

Read-Aloud? But My Students Are Too Old For That!
Publication Date: 2023-03-02 | File type: Blog Post

This scene is familiar in the lower elementary classroom: students gather around their teacher or the librarian on a carpet, Read More...

Does Spelling Count?
Publication Date: 2023-01-12 | File type: Blog Post

“Are you grading for spelling on this?” a middle-school-aged student asked about his essay. Of course I was grading for Read More...

Quick and Easy Formative Assessment
Publication Date: 2022-10-21 | File type: Blog Post

Does Johnny deserve an A? Did Susie answer enough questions correctly? Can Janie read the proper amount of words from Read More...

True Springs
Publication Date: 2022-09-14 | File type: Blog Post

In the early 1900s, the town of Winona Lake, Indiana, was a summertime destination for many Christians. Cultural Chautauqua speakers Read More...

Learning Disabilities
Publication Date: 2022-07-14 | File type: Blog Post

Chris has difficulty forming letters with his pencil; his arm twists around in a circle, and he pushes his pencil Read More...

Understanding Reading
Publication Date: 2022-05-25 | File type: Blog Post

“I read it, but I don’t remember any of it!” the student exclaimed. And I understood. Although I am an Read More...

Quick Ideas for Improving Reading Comprehension and Reading Fluency
Publication Date: 2022-04-07 | File type: Blog Post

Many of us remember those days in the learning-to-read process when we read aloud haltingly, sounding the words out and Read More...

English Class (Or Any Class) Can Be Fun!
Publication Date: 2022-03-04 | File type: Blog Post

It happens all too often. People ask me what I do, and I say, “I’m a high school and college Read More...

A Personal Application of Educational Philosophy
Publication Date: | File type: Blog Post

Everyone learns, all the time. Some of the learning is controlled; other learning simply happens. For the teacher, a periodical Read More...

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