My senior year of high school I wrote about a million scholarship essays. In nearly every single one I was asked to describe what I was planning to major in at college and why. Each time I would type out an answer describing how I was planning to major in secondary English education because I […]

Rule 24, Now and Before

I know I’ve said it 852 times, but I cannot sing her praises enough. My high school English teacher was the best teacher I’ve ever had the pleasure to learn under throughout my entire educational career. Since I’ve come to college to pursue my own career path in English, the great professors and classes I’ve […]

Dear Students, Dear Parents

Dear Students (and Parents too!), Hello! 😀 My name is Ms. Jessica Hanks, and I am going to have the pleasure of teaching English during the upcoming school year. As of last spring, I am the proud holder of a bachelor’s degree in secondary English education along with a coaching endorsement in volleyball, basketball, and […]

“Teach the Writer, Not the Writing”

When I was in the 8th grade I was “dating” a guy (oh, junior high) who came from a strong science and math background. His dad played football for Colorado School of Mines, his mom played basketball for Colorado school of Mines, and it was his dream to earn an engineering degree from Colorado School […]

Writing Workshops & Gastrointestinal Bliss

College has been an era of firsts for me. First time failing a quiz, first time creating a budget, first time eating both a Subway sandwich and McDonald’s french fries for the same dinner, and first time being exposed to a writing workshop. Though a part of me might argue that the Subway and McDonald’s […]

Microsoft Word 2003 & a Ghost Baby

I have always loved to read and write. Last semester I was spending a weekend at my Grandma’s house and she brought up a plastic tub from the basement filled to the brim with my childhood work. Half of it was artwork. I was a particular fan of the “paint” application on Microsoft Word 2003; […]

Bird by Bird

Anne Lamott is a funny gal. It would take more than my ten fingers and ten toes to count how many times I laughed aloud reading through her book on writing, Bird by Bird. One of my favorite examples of her odd wit occurs during the introduction. She is working on this terrible short story […]

bell hooks & Michael Foucault

A French Man and an African American woman… at first glance, bell hooks and Michael Foucault seemingly have nothing in common. One was the daughter of a janitor, the other was the son of a surgeon. One excelled through school despite it being racially segregated, the other struggled with education until they were admitted into […]

bell hooks: Lowercase in Name, Not Life

“The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is— it’s to imagine what’s possible.” this quote from bell hooks is unsurprising considering she is a woman who always imagines what is possible in the realms of education, gender, and culture. She imagines more, she imagines better through her teaching and […]