Featured author: David Rickert
Meet TES Featured Author David Rickert who’s been teaching English for 20 years in a large, suburban school district. He currently teaches freshman English, AP literature, and dual enrollment seniors through Kenyon College.
We chatted with David about his experience and thoughts about making resources and teaching. Read the interview below to check out what he has to say!
A good resource is...
Something that enables teachers to buy it and use it the next day with minimum effort and preparation.
I make resources for two reasons...
First, to make learning fun. Second, to try to solve a problem. Grammar is kind of boring, for instance, so I try to find ways to make it manageable.
I love it when...
Teachers tell me that my resources help them reach struggling learners. Nothing beats that.
TES authors should...
Create products that teachers have to make but don’t really want to spend time to create. That saves them time to do other things.
A memorable moment teaching happened when...
Last week, for the first time, I had my students write sonnets. I wasn’t sure it would work, but I was absolutely floored by how great they were. Some students even wrote them in French because they figured it would be easier to rhyme in that language.
His Resources: Highlighted
“Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?” You won’t be biting your thumb at this wonderful supplement to any Romeo and Juliet unit. David Rickert’s hand-drawn comics provide perfect visual references to each of the acts of this sensational Shakespeare play.
“Two roads diverged in the wood and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that made all the difference.” Make Robert Frost’s and Emily Dickinson’s metaphors come alive with davidrickerts' poetry comics! Each features a comic lesson followed by another classic poem to be further studied.