Getting Started with Writing Workshop

How to Get Started with Writing Workshop

Congratulations!  You’ve decided to adopt a writing workshop class!  Now, you might be wondering:  now what?  Here are some tips to get you headed in the right direction! How Are Your Class Management Skills? Let’s be honest.  One of the most important skills for a teacher is to know how to effectively manage her/his class.  […] Read more…

Here are 11 reasons for implementing Writing Workshop in your Middle School Classroom

11 Reasons to Use Writing Workshop in Middle School

Writing workshop can transform your classroom!  Sounds magical, doesn’t it?  I believe it’s true — and here is why: 1. Real Writers & Real Work Often students feel like they write something, it gets corrected, and…end of process.  In a workshop, students grapple with the entire writing process: revision, determining what they really want to […] Read more…

Use a time audit to help students manage their time

Strengthen Student Time Management Skills with Time Audits

If you assign homework, even if it’s just daily reading, you’ve probably encountered this excuse for incomplete work: “I didn’t have time…” Perhaps you’ve even had parents send notes or emails repeating the same thing — their child didn’t have time to complete homework. Kids are busy — that’s true, but are they managing their […] Read more…

How to teach students to peer review

9 Ways to Improve Student Peer Reviews

Peer reviews are beneficial to the reviewer and reviewee alike. Students benefit most from peer reviews when a few things are set in place. When one of my teaching friends noticed I was using peer reviews in my classroom, she commented that she never used them.  Why?  “It’s like the blind leading the blind,” she […] Read more…

nine ways to speed up grading, save time, and get your weekends back!

9 Ways to Save Time while Grading Student Writing

I recently saw an Instagram image of a teacher’s stack of grading for the weekend — next to a ruler.  She had three inches of grading to do (insert sobbing here!). When you were getting certified to teach ELA, they didn’t tell you the unspoken secret:  you will be doing a LOT of grading.  A […] Read more…

15 ways to teach gratitude in the classroom.

Ways to Teach Gratitude in the Classroom

You don’t need an advanced degree to know that we can benefit from practicing gratitude.  As a teacher, you are in a unique and powerful position to help your students consider, think about, and practice gratitude. The benefits of developing gratitude (for all of us): improved relationships better health better sleep less stress improve empathy […] Read more…

Three Fun Writing Activities to Charge Up Students

Need to charge up your students?  Here are three quick fun writing activities you can use to engage them at any time.  They are great when: there are 20 minutes before the assembly starts one class gets ahead of another – and you need a “holding” lesson until you can get your classes aligned students […] Read more…

5 ways to teach descriptive writing to your students

Five Ways to Practice Descriptive Writing

As a writing teacher, you probably feel like your mantra is “show don’t tell!”  Getting students to write descriptively is a real challenge.  Here are five writing challenges and prompts to try. 1. Do they understand what you mean by descriptive writing? (and can they find it?) Here is where a mentor text will help.  […] Read more…

7 ways to teach dystopia literature

7 Steps to Create Book Clubs with Dystopia Literature

Students LOVE dystopia literature!  From The Hunger Games and beyond…the genre is popular! That’s why it is a perfect match for your book clubs. Students can’t seem to get enough of them, and there are so many great titles to choose from!  That’s a good thing when we want our students to want to read! Capitalize on the popularity […] Read more…

5 Ways to Teach Summarizing Skills

Teaching students how to summarize a text is important… So important that it is part of the CCSS reading standards for literature and informational texts beginning in grade 4 and continuing (with greater rigor) through grade 12. As educators, we know why summarizing will help students: improve reading comprehension filter main ideas from details follow […] Read more…

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