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Stacey Lloyd Goes Back To School

Literary LEague For many in the northern hemisphere, the end of the summer holidays is all too near. That means going back to school. Or, at least, preparing for back-to-school. So, my friends and I in the Literary League (an amazing group of highly specialised secondary English teachers) have decided to share with you a bit more about us, books we love to teach and tips for those first few days of the school year.




AboutMeSectionPic It’s funny: last week someone asked me what I do for a living and without skipping a beat I answered that I am a teacher. Afterwards, with a smile, my husband pointed out that I hadn’t actually taught for the last year. Yet I still identify as a teacher. Without even thinking about it. I guess this says a lot about me and my career. I am a teacher – whether I am currently teaching or not. It is in my bones and who I am. I Professionally though, I have been teacher for the last six years.


But, for the last year – for family reasons – I have been temporarily living in South Africa and taking a break from the classroom. During this brief hiatus, I have been working for an educational NGO, helping equip teachers in underprivileged schools with engaging teaching resources. I love the work and it has given me a little more time to devote to developing my Teachers Pay Teachers store, yet I cannot wait to step back into the classroom. I feel like I have spent the last year writing recipes and not cooking.



Skyline By far, my favourite novel is To Kill a Mockingbird. But I feel that I am not alone in this, and most of you will be familiar with the novel, if not know it deeply. So, I must share with you another, lesser known, book.


Skyline by Patricia Schonstein Pinnock is a fabulous novel, which I have had the privilege of teaching a few years in a row. It is a South African novel about a young girl living in a rundown block of flats. The novel charts her relationships with the various intriguing and eclectic residents of this apartment complex. I love teaching it because I find that my students connect with this young teenager in a meaningful way, and it is filled with stories of humanity and dignity, opening up wonderful avenues of debate and discussion in class.



Slide1 I love the first few days of school: forging new relationships; setting the tone of the classroom; students (generally) still on their on behaviour. Yet I try not to make my first lessons about administration and housekeeping. I leave that to the second lesson. No, in the first lesson I usually do something to set the tone for the rest of the school year: to set my classroom as an academic environment for learning and excitement. We may have an engaging writing workshop, or I facilitate a debate on why we study literature – something that gets students engaged from the very first lesson in my classroom.


However, in my second or third lesson I usually do a more traditional getting-to-know-you class and I have various resources in my store for such a lesson. But for you, lovely reader, here is a free sample page from one such resource.

Getting To Know You FREE

Getting To Know You FREE

9 thoughts on “Stacey Lloyd Goes Back To School

  1. I will definitely check out Skyline. I’m always on the lookout for new novels. Thanks for the freebie–it will be an awesome addition to what I use!!

  2. I love what you said about writing recipes but not cooking. I think that could apply to so many things in a classroom too! Love that idea and the book suggestion. I’ll bet it would be relevant to lots of kids.

  3. I’ve enjoyed seeing your adventures this last year while you were out of the classroom, but I get the desire to return back, too. Thank you for sharing your getting to know you activity. Can’t wait to use it.

  4. Great blog post Stacey! I’ll bet your wide variety of life and work experiences make you an excellent teacher! Thanks for the tip about the book – I’ll have to check it out!


  5. Thanks for the book recommendation!

    I hope that you can return to teaching soon. I am sure that students really enjoy having you as their English teacher – plus, they will always have super nice looking resources 🙂

  6. A little shout out from Manitoba! 🙂

    Would you believe that I have never read TKAM? I have just never had the opportunity. No excuse, I have all summer!! On a side note, I am a HUGE fan of your work. Love everything: ideas, cover page designs, and product layout.

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