Lynn Hagen

About Lynn Hagen

Lynn Hagen is a high school literacy teacher and Reading Specialist in Columbia, Missouri. She is a passionate advocate for choice reading for high school students. You can follow her reflections on teaching at Blue-skyteaching.blogspot.com or on Twitter @lynnahagen.

Using the 2016 Presidential Election to Teach Literacy Skills to High School Students

The 2016 presidential election is giving people a lot to talk about. Some elections slide by without much controversy, but not this one. As an educator thinking about teaching the 2016 presidential election, I’ve had to pause. Could I successfully hide my own political views? What would conversations in my classroom look like? Would students erupt […]

By |October 20th, 2016|Classroom Ideas, Experts from the Field, Feature, High School, Social Studies|Comments Off on Using the 2016 Presidential Election to Teach Literacy Skills to High School Students

Starting a New Year: Building on What Worked

As I turned off the light in my classroom, ready to leave for the summer, my mind filled with thoughts about the school year – students I’ll miss and those who challenged me; projects, writing, books; current events that pulled us together. Finally, my mind jumped to next year. Yep, in May. “But next year […]

By |August 15th, 2016|Classroom Ideas, Elementary, Experts from the Field, High School, Middle School|Comments Off on Starting a New Year: Building on What Worked

How to Hook High School Readers This Summer

As the weather gets warmer we begin to think about those long, lazy days of summer that lay ahead. As readers we make lists in our heads of all those books we’ll get to—reading by the pool, reading in the hammock, reading with our toes buried in the sand. And, as teachers, we think about […]

By |April 20th, 2016|Classroom Ideas, High School, Professional Learning|Comments Off on How to Hook High School Readers This Summer