Since we launched our blog last summer, we have received some wonderful and helpful feedback from teachers around the country. We thought we would take the opportunity to share one teacher’s thoughtful letter, below.
Educational blogs abound on the Internet, ranging from the mundane to the absurd. The RHI Magazine on the Web is a refreshing educational blog. I read this blog on a weekly basis. I find it useful for many reasons. First, it provides me information on current releases of popular fiction that may be of interest to my students. For instance, I recently became acquainted with Matthew Pearl and his literary inspired series featuring The Dante Club, The Poe Shadow, and The Last Dickens. After acquiring these books for my classroom, I was amazed at how quickly they left my classroom bookshelf. They were enjoyed by numerous students and other members of my department. Students find the references to the authors’ lives in these books fascinating. Most of them are first drawn to The Poe Shadow because of Poe’s popularity among high school students but then eagerly read The Last Dickens. (more…)