Ms Hogue’s Online English Resources by Dawn Hogue is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
I began teaching English in 1990. I had wanted to be a teacher since I was five years old and set up classrooms in the basement and enlisted my siblings as students. Nearing graduation from high school and pondering my future, I was swayed by a less than visionary guidance counselor who steered me away from teaching as a profession. He told me that there are too many teachers right now. You’ll never get a job. Maybe he did me a favor—I don’t know. I do know that going to college in my thirties was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. And so, I fulfilled my childhood impulse to teach later than sooner.
Computers and English
I began using personal computers as soon as they came on the market in the 1980′s. I remember we had a K-Pro home computer, all DOS, of course. We had no idea what we were doing, but my fascination was there all the same. It was my dad who got me interested in making web pages using an old Adobe editor called PageMill.
Now that I think back to when I fused my computer interest with my teaching, it was sort of intuitive for me. I wanted to publish a calendar for my poetry students so they would always know what we were doing in class on any given day. The class was a workshop style class that depended on students being prepared. Since our school (kind of ahead of its time in integrating technology) offered teachers the ability to create and publish web pages, this would be pretty easy. So that’s how it began.
Web pages combine all the things I love: computers, design, writing, and FUN. I began to put more and more on my web site for students. Whereas some teachers simply listed a brief biography and office hours and maybe a syllabus, I was also putting handouts and links to helpful sites on my site.
Then, in March of 2000, I visited Ted Nellen’s CyberEnglish classroom in New York and what I saw there convinced me that I was headed in the right direction. From this my version of CyberEnglish9 was born. I write extensively about this in that site.
Sharing what’s here
My web pages began to be the equivalent to my filing cabinet. In many ways, this site is the accumulated “paper” of sixteen years of teaching. One of the tenets of CyberEnglish is “pass it on.” I believe it is important for teachers to share. This site is my vehicle for doing just that.