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Tyler Rodgers

Position:

Teacher, English Department
Director, OLSH Writing & Learning (OWL) Center
Yearbook Moderator
 

Education:

BS in Education, Duquesne University
BA in English, Duquesne University
MS in Education, Duquesne University
 
 

Other info:

At OLSH since
Student teaching in 2013
2014-2015 to 2016-2017
2018-2019 to present. 
 
 

Posts

Welcome!

Welcome to the start of something new! Whether you are in my Freshmen Honors English class or you have my for AP Lit and Comp this year one thing is certain: this year will be different!
 
The good news though is that the subject and the material we are covering has not changed too much. We will still get to read interesting literature and discuss at a deep level. 
 
As far as materials go for either class my students need the following:
  -Plenty of looseleaf
  -Your OWN blue or black pens (at least 3) 
  -Your choice of a notebook or binder. 
  -A folder for handouts
  -3 different color highlighters (AP ONLY) 
 
That's it! Nothing complicated. If you have any questions at all please feel free to email me at [email protected] now or throughout the school year. 
We are all in this together! 
   Mr. Rodgers

Hon 9 - May 25 . May 29

To the Freshest of "Men" 

    Well this is our last full week of school. And by full week I mean three days of education with a holiday and a recharge Wednesday thrown in for good measure. We will read our fourth and final short story, "The Red-Headed League" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This Sherlock Holmes mystery is quite the page turner and should make for a fun final story. 

   With school coming to a close and the summer days reaching out for our focus I must implore all of you to check PowerSchool and begin turning in any late work. Please contact me if you have any questions. 

   We will discuss your final "project" more this coming Friday and that will take up our last two days of instruction the following week. 

"The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

What do you see?

   Mr. Rodgers

Hon 9 - May 18 . May 22

Hello Again Freshmen!

   This week marks the turning point in our Short Story Unit and the beginning of the end really. We will finish up "The Most Dangerous Game" this week and then begin our third short story in this unit, "The Rules of the Game" (Different kind of game don't worry). 

   I want to continue to encourage all of you to stay on top of reading/listening to these short stories! We are almost done for the year. I thank you for your responses and positive feedback regarding our most recent short story. I am glad you like it! It is definitely one that I would have had a lot of fun with in the classroom, but knowing that you are enjoying on your own makes me just as happy.    

“This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.” – Oscar Wilde

    Glad you are having fun during all of this,

     Mr. Rodgers

AP - May 11 - May 15

Here we are,

  A week later, and a whole lot different than expected we are now just 2 days away from the AP Lit exam. While this could be the time for pep talks and speeches I will refrain. It's simple: you've got this. This year has been such a treasure as a first year AP teacher. I could NOT have asked for a better class. I learned so much from all of you. Every new task I threw at you, you tackled with intelligence, but also personality. This year you kept me on my toes, and more importantly you kept me smiling. I can only hope that you enjoyed this school year as much as I did. Thank you for the memories and the laughs. I bring this up because through those times we were building a foundation of argument, support, and analysis. 

   Whether in official capacities or unorthodox debates we spent the year arguing, marking up, writing, and thinking critically about literature and the world we live in. We have been faced with great challenges and set backs, but now all that stands before you is a single essay. One last essay to "take a swing" and leave the reader thinking long after your last period. You've done it to me all throughout the year. You can do it again. 

  Monday and Tuesday we will make sure you are ready with all the last minute bells and whistles and technology need to knows, but then the rest of the week will be a victory lap for your achievement. My one request is that whether you upload a file, copy and paste, or a take a picture. PLEASE make a copy for me and send it to me when you are done your exam and your official submission is complete. Because of the circumstances I have the unique opportunity to know exactly what you wrote pretty much as soon as the test is over. So humor me. 

    No more poetry, time for prose. "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right." - Henry Ford

Believe in yourself,

   Mr. Rodgers

Hon 9 - May 11 . May 15

Hello there Freshmen! 

  In a strange twist a 4 day week seems long after multiple Mondays off. However, it does work well to split our first two short stories for our final unit of the year! On Monday we will read "Checkouts" and have a small assignment attached to it for Tuesday. Then after our Re-Charge Wednesday we will begin the infamous "The Most Dangerous Game" a short story that seems to be in every single curriculum across the country...for GREAT reason. The name of the game...suspense in literature. 

  So this week should be a good one as we are building towards the beginning of the end. Massive kudos to all of you for AMAZING "I Hear OLSH singing" poems. You may have shared with a person or two, but reading all 30 of them was truly a fun and tearjerking experience. To hear so much love for our school both before, during, and after this pandemic (I enjoyed your hopeful looks toward the future) I confess I got a little emotional. Keep up the awesome work everyone! 

   And now a quote that was used LAST YEAR for this short story unit, but is even more powerful today:

“It is reason enough to be alive, the hope you may see again some face which has meant something to you.” – Cynthia Rylant

 We will see each other again,

   Mr. Rodgers

AP - May 4 - May 8

May the 4th be with you!

   Well we are up against it now! Even with just 3 days of class we are coming up to the final days of school! Senior presentations are Monday and I am wishing you all the best! (Sidenote: rumor has it you may be asked to stand up, so that joke I made about SGN style pants is a definite no go) 

   On Tuesday we will have presentations, but also Zoom call with Mr. Judson for those who requested it. Then Thursday and Friday we will finish Hamlet presentations and prepare for our final preparation for the exam the following week! 

  Where did the time go? 

"Till time, which soothes severest woe, Had bade serenity return." - Lord Byron

 Find serenity daily,

   Mr. Rodgers

Hon 9 - May 4 . May 8

May the 4th be with you!

   We have another essentially 3 day week this week, but this one is jam packed with content. We will read our final 2 poems for this unit, we will write one more poem, and then we will read our first short story on Friday to begin our Short Story Unit. I know that this digital learning has come with a large amount of challenges, but I implore all of you to finish strong and see things out to the end. 

  We really only have a few weeks left of graded work, but if you let yourself fall behind we will be pestering you well into June to make sure that you finish the 4th quarter. I am the first to admit that I am upset that our final quarter was taken from us. The conversations, the parties, the joy of finishing a your first year of high school is such a fun time, but know that we can still celebrate together. You have all accomplished so much that you should be proud of. Keep up the great work! 

“It is reason enough to be alive, the hope you may see again some face which has meant something to you.” – Cynthia Rylant

We will see each other again,

   Mr. Rodgers

AP - Apr 27 - May 1

Seniors,

  This week will be a weird one... For starters we only have 3 class days this week. That said, we still have a lot to get through. We will start the week with a Zoom meeting on Tuesday we will discuss many things including the exam and end of the year proceedings. I will also introduce your final "Hamlet Project" to you with options for which small group you would like to work with. We will talk about how this will go during our Zoom call as I am sure there will be questions. 

  Fear not! It is basically a way for you all to pick what section of Hamlet you found most interesting and write about it. I will not force detailed collaboration because I know that that may be difficult for some of you depending of ease of access to technology. 

  The main point I would like to put out there is that we have 8 classes left before the Final Exam. This means that all of the work, reading, writing, is about to pay off. We are almost there! Hang in there and I will do my best to give you that final nudge, but I know that you are all ready to get this done! 

   "Don't grow weary with your wonder / For there are sunsets still to see" - Erin Hanson

 The beauty we have before us cannot be counted,

    Mr. Rodgers

Hon 9 - Apr 27 . May 1

Hello Again Freshmen,

   As we enter the last week of April and begin the final month of school it is surreal to say we are in the homestretch. This pandemic and digital teaching has certainly been an experience for everyone, but as far as our English class goes I really have to give you all credit for sticking with things. I know Romeo and Juliet went a little long, but I am looking forward to continuing with poetry this week and then wrapping up with some reading of short stories in May. 

   This week we will start with a writing of your own poem. Then we will ready two additional poems on Thursday and Friday and do a "cut and paste" style assignment to focus on diction and the imporantance of a single word. 

  As always I miss you all and hope that you are doing well and finding creative ways to have fun and express yourselves. 

“It’s about how much we have left.” – Tony Stark

  Finish this final month strong, giving up is the easier, not better, option,

   Mr. Rodgers

AP - Apr 20 - Apr 24

Seniors,

  This week marks the beginning of Re-Charge Wednesdays, but more importantly it marks our analysis of Hamlet. I was very impressed with initial reactions in our first discussion and am looking forward to mixing things up. We will start with speech analysis. I have outlined 3 (there are many more) that I know I want to cover, but Tuesday we will have a zoom so I can hear from you about what most intrigues you about the play. Character motivation, specific lines, (we have already discussed but could go much deeper with) gender roles, tragedy, murder, and suicide, or many others. (And eventually Lion King in some capacity).

  As I stated before our goal is to prepare for the prose essay so much of what we will do needs to be rooted in text, but there is a lot of fun to be had taking apart this play. It is one of the most discussed, analyzed, disagreed upon, and controversial in history. Strap in! 

  "Take arms against a sea of troubles" - Shakespeare,

 Education is the best way we can do so,

    Mr. Rodgers

Hon 9 - Apr 20 . Apr 24

Hello Freshmen,

   The day is here! The end of Romeo and Juliet. It has been a long and strange ride, but this week marks our final test on the material and as promised the last major test for the year. This 30 point test will be published early Monday morning and will be available until Tuesday at 11:59. We will then use the Re-Charge Wednesday to catch up on any missing assignments so far in the 4th quarter. If you are all caught already?? Enjoy the day! Use it to mentally recharge too! 

   Thursday and Friday we will dive into our second and final poetry unit. We will start by reading a poem together (through a screencast) and I will give you a creative writing assignment for Thursday and Friday. This project is definitely meant to make you think outside the box and have fun with words. 

“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” – George Lucas

Focus on the positives and enjoy the difference it makes,

   Mr. Rodgers

AP - Apr 14 - Apr 17

AP Students,

   One month to the day we had our final class. We didn't know it then, and I remember very much hearing one of your joke that we would not see each other until graduation. Now even that future remains uncertain. But many good things have come to pass since. We have all embarked on this journey of cyber education together and we have still managed to read great literature and discuss it at a high level. 

  This week we will zoom again in order to stay in touch and we will also begin our 4th and final large "text" of the year. Due to the changes we will actually do this "read" in reverse. I have found a very interesting version of Hamlet, put on at Shakespeare's Globe theatre. We will watch this version and then analyze the characters, themes, close readings etc. on Wednesday through Friday. 

   Before we watch though I will get feedback from all of your regarding what you really want to learn in the last month of your senior year. Tough to think about, but I really would like to do everything you always wanted as a special treat for you. We obviously have to stay within logical bounds and I need to do some direct AP lessons to prepare for the updated test, but that does not mean we can't take time to celebrate all of you while we do that. 

I am here for you. 

"You are a thousand stories long / with the depth of the ocean / and an entire constellation / woven into your soul" - Nikita Gill

These times make you feel small, you are not,

   Mr. Rodgers

Hon 9 - Apr 14 . Apr 17

Hi there Freshmen,

  Well today marks the official one month mark since our last day in school...for the 2020 school year. The news is still shocking and it genuinely makes me sad that our days in the classroom are over. When I do see you next year you will be the "much more mature" sophomores and about 7% of you will still bother to say hello to me... But I will steer myself out of that dark mind-wormhole. 

On the more positive side of things we still have a lot of good things ahead of us. And thanks to technology I can still see some of your smiling faces. This brings me to this week's plan.... we will do Scene 3 sort of...via Screencast on Tuesday and a Zoom Wednesday to do a class read of the end of the third scene of the play. This is a big one and I hope we can get lots of readers because even though it is one scene it goes on for multiple pages. 

Thursday will then be our final movie day and then Friday we will have some sort of review. On Wednesday we will determine if we want to do another Zoom or if a different style is preferable based on how many people show up and what you all think. 

Either way the final Romeo and Juliet test will be the following Monday and you will also have Tuesday to finish it. 

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” – Plato

Reach for the hope,

  Mr. Rodgers

AP - Apr 6 - Apr 10

Seniors,

   I will be honest with you. This is a scary time. It sucks. There are many uncertainties we are facing right now and this blight is certainly nothing any of us could have expected. That said I encourage you all to hang on to the positive things in your life. Be thankful! for the health you have, the family and friends that can comfort you during these times. Reach out to each other. Be the positive light that lifts someone else up. One day at a time we will get through this. 

   As for our class goes. We will have a very easy week after the assessment heavy week we just had. We will start with an information only Zoom with Mr. Judson on Monday. Unlike last time, I have actually figured out how to record this so I will post the recording when we are done. 

  Afterwards we will wrap Tuesday and Wednesday with a short story and by Wednesday I will have all your essays graded and will post an explanation on the Frankenstein Test. More on that to follow - I promise.

   I will close by thanking all of you who have sent in a senior quote. Maybe it is because you have me for class or maybe it is because you are in ENGLISH AP and quotes speak to you, but it is overwhelming how many of "My" students responded versus the ones who did not. On a similar note: thank you to those of you who participated in Senior Saturday Highlight. I read each one. It was a small way I could stay connected to our OLSH family and it brought me a little happiness I encourage you to do the same. 

   "They're growing / all around me / and they're / stacking up in piles. / And then my / father whispers, / "I am here / you'll be okay." - Anne Peterson 

Prayer is strength,

   Mr. Rodgers

Hon 9 - Apr 6 . Apr 10

Hello Freshmen

   Welcome to a short week before Easter! I think I can confidently speak for everyone when I say we all need a little time to catch our breath. This experience has been challenging to say the least, but I have to thank each and every one of you for sticking with it! I miss the classroom terribly, but your assignments and discussions have continued to bring a smile to my face. 

   I want to directly address the Schoology issues. As I have shared with most of you....Schoology is AWARE (as am I) of their issues. They have seen a 400% increase in traffic and their servers are buckling under the preasure. Schoology is still a premiere digital classroom service and I expect they will have their issues fixed by the time we come back from Easter break. That said I know how annoying it is to be in the middle of a quiz and get kicked out (It happened to me 3 times just creating your quiz). 

  I appreciate the multipe emails I have received from all of you when Schoology gives you the "mission impossible" something went wrong screen. Sometimes this screen goes away in a few minutes and other times it has lasted over 3 hours. Again, I expect this to go away. Hang in there. 

   In terms of the R+J Quiz I have reopened the test for submissions through Monday at 11:59. I am sorry if you had issues with this and hopefully by Monday we can have 100% of you done with the quiz. If you have any other issues with this please let me know.

   As far as this week goes, we will be diving into the end of the play! We will read 3 scenes in Act 5 to put us at one heck of a cliffhanger going into break. However, this is a good thing because we all need time to spend with family and focus on important things. I have absolutely NO ISSUE admitting that Romeo and Juliet should NOT be your first priority right now. 

“In Winter, I plot and plan. In Spring, I move.” – Henry Rollins

  Make sure you are still moving!

    Mr. Rodgers