Matt Johnson: Grammar is Natural…and can be Fun! Trust him ;-)


Our last podcast episode of the 2023-2024 school year features Matthew (Matt) Johnson a Michigan area English teacher who has taught grade 6 – 12.  Matt has written several books and his most recent book comes out during the summer of 2024 entitled:

Good Grammar, Grades 6-12: Joyful and Affirming Language Lessons That Work for More Students 

Don’t fall over; it’s not a mistake. Joyful and Grammar in the same sentence. Matt shares several ways by which teachers can better approach grammar in speaking and writing.

Matt mentions the ‘Da Art of Storytelling essay by Kiese Laymon as another resource to consider.  Matt’s own website contains a section with summaries of his books and links to his submissions to several journals and other resources. 

Matt also invites us to look at the choices that others make in their social media post, pulling texts and (X)/Twitter posts into the writing and into the writing structure. Little Nas X  to Taylor Swift.

Every English teacher can benefit from this podcast as Matt discusses assessment practices and the mechanics of helping students enhance their understanding and application of the mechanics of English.