reThink ELA #018: English Teachers: How To Get Your Writing Published

Jennie Hanna Get Published

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I’m pleased to be joined by a repeat guest today, Dr. Jennie Hanna. You might remember she was a guest on Episode 16 where we talked about how to make military children feel safe and seen in the classroom when so many feel they should recede into the background because they know their family will move again soon.

Today, Dr. Hanna and I are comparing notes about how our previous careers as journalists helped shape our careers as English teachers. As reporters, we had to learn how to write quickly but accurately – basically writing on demand – but we also had to learn how to edit ourselves or create a different ideation of our articles so it was easier for our readers to understand.

All these things we learned via the job experience but now it’s easier for us to explain to our students how to do these things and why they are necessary skills to have. As Dr. Hanna stated in our conversation, “If kids don’t see the practical applications of an assignment, they won’t want to do it.”

We’re also chatting about how to get published in academic journals. Dr. Hanna had the opportunity to publish her dissertation as a professional development book for teachers but publishing in academic journals can also build your credibility in academic circles.

For those thinking about publishing, particularly in academic journals, we also share Dr. Neal Houser's 4 steps for formatting your article to help improve your chances. While these are not a guarantee, they have helped Dr. Hanna get published.

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Essential Question: How can you use this advice in your classroom with your students? What are your goals for academic publishing and how can you apply what you've learned?

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About the author 

Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.

I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma student working on my doctorate in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an concentration in English Education and co-Editor of the Oklahoma English Journal. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify students' voices and choices.

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