Across the Hall is a podcast created mainly for English teachers who want to know how to use various tech resources and strategies in their classrooms but need some specific ideas geared toward the ELA curriculum. While the show may be geared toward English teachers, you will also find some great ideas that can be applied in other classrooms as well. Most episodes will follow this three-segment structure:

Segment 1: What is it? We pride ourselves on the fact that we go straight to the source for you. So in many of our episodes, we will be interviewing the representatives and experts in the tech or strategy we are covering. During this segment, you will find out a great deal of information about the tech or strategy. This segment is perfect for ALL teachers, tech coordinators, administrators, instructional partners, etc., because it very well may not be specific to ELA.

Segment 2: How do we use it? This is when we talk about how to incorporate the tool or strategy into the English classroom. We are both secondary teachers, so if you are an elementary teacher who teaches ELA and find that we aren’t being especially helpful to you, please shoot us an email and let us know. We will learn our audience along the way and hopefully be able to provide what you need.

Segment 3: #TheStruggleXtheHall You can get involved here by tweeting with #thestruggleXtheHall. We will be discussing our current struggles in the classroom. Remember, we are both currently teaching high school. You aren’t listening to former teachers who are making money by publishing books and leading professional development sessions. We are in the struggle with you. Let’s support each other through it!


Your hosts…

Cade Somers

Cade’s a corny-humored transplanted Hoosier who loves spending time with his wife and three sons. He enjoys playing basketball, running, and playing front-yard Wiffle ball where he amazingly never strikes out. He’s been sucked into the world of podcasting to now crave every learning opportunity it provides (and every moment of torture his second-hand-hearing children endure). His current top 5: Ask Pat, Under the Influence, House of EdTech, Wired Educator, and The Art of Manliness.

After working in small-box-store management and serving for several years in ministry, Cade completed a degree in secondary education/English at the University of South Alabama (USA). He then earned a master’s degree in Instructional Design and Development from USA. He’s worked four years at Oxford High School in Oxford, Alabama, where he teaches English in both brick-and-mortar and virtual learning environments. Cade blogs regularly on S’more English. His blog also serves as a hub for the respective blogs of all of his tenth grade students. Follow Cade on Twitter @cadesomers.



Michelle Shelton

You will quickly notice from her accent that Michelle was born and raised in the South. During her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband, daughters, and pets. She enjoys planting flowers, taking pictures, and belting out Broadway tunes. You may have a difficult time understanding her humor if you are not fluent in Friends quotes and all things Gilmore GirlsPride and Prejudice is her favorite movie, Harry Potter her favorite book series, and To Kill a Mockingbird her favorite book. Coffee helps her function, social events make her nervous, and opossums give her the creeps.

Michelle has taught English for over seventeen years. Over the course of her career as an educator, she has taught at both the junior high and high school levels. She earned her M.A. in Secondary Education and Educational Specialist degree from the University of Alabama. Along with Cade, Michelle currently teaches English at Oxford High School in Oxford, Alabama. She periodically blogs about life as an educator at Bloggin’ in the Rain and loves to participate in education chats on Twitter. Her classroom blog is I’ll Write My Way Out. Check it out to see some student blogs as well. Follow her @ChellShel617.