How to help students self-assess their growth.

Student Self-Assessment

Each January, my husband and I measure our kids and mark their growth on the doorframe.  The kids huddle around the door to see who has grown the most — such a gratifying experience!  My son told me one year, “I didn’t think I’d grown at all this year.  But I did!” The joy of […] Read more…

Fun writing activity to keep students engaged during the holidays.

Keep Students Writing with a Holiday Writing Prompt

It is difficult to keep students’ interested in content material during the holidays!  That is something we can count on! Lisa’s awesome blog post about reindeer stories shows how using an engaging topic can get students excited about writing. My favorite middle school writing prompt is:  Dear Santa, Please Take Me Off the Naughty List.  Students […] Read more…

Four ways to make your lunch break more meaningful.

Healthy Teacher: Lingering over Lunch

I’ve asked my dear friend Dayle to write a post for this month’s Healthy Teacher installment since she is all about bringing balance, movement, and a joy to people.  I love the insight she offers as an opportunity to transform our crazy lunch schedule into something meaningful and calming.  Check out the end of this […] Read more…

How to use homework scorecards.

Teacher Talk: Homework

Welcome to the monthly Teacher Talk blog hop! This month I thought I’d address a topic that everyone has an opinion about:  homework. If you have Parent/Teacher conferences after the first grading period, homework is usually a hot discussion topic… too much, too little, too easy, too hard, not done, never done, graded, completion grade…the list […] Read more…

Why should you teach poetry all year? The whys and hows are all here!

How to Teach Poetry All Year

If you love National Poetry month and feel sad when it’s over, consider teaching poetry all year! I’ve written a guest post for Rachel Lynette’s blog Minds in Bloom that includes ten reasons why you absolutely should teach poetry all year — and seven simple ways how to do it. My favorite strategy I like to just share […] Read more…

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Simplify Grading Student Writing

Ready to Simplify Grading? Are you ready to put away your red pen?  I use a simple tool that helps me simplify grading and increase the the productive time I spend with student writers. I wrote a guest post for the Middle School Mob blog on using my “Notes from your Teacher” product to help […] Read more…

Organize and manage time better by using checklists in your classroom!

Checklist Manifesto for Teachers

If you’re feeling overwhelmed even though school is just beginning, read the  “Checklist Manifesto” post I wrote for the Middle School Mob Blog. Get your Checklist On! I just love a good checklist (or two…or three…).  And using them will help you stay organized.  Plus, they help ensure you won’t miss a step in a […] Read more…

Need help with classroom management? Check out these 5 simple tips.

5 Tips to Better Classroom Management

When you’re studying to be a teacher, you dream of a classroom filled with eager, well-behaved children enraptured by your carefully-crafted lessons.  Then you step into your first classroom…and quickly realize you need behavioral strategies — ASAP! A “perfect” class doesn’t just happen.  It is created through consistent, compassionate, and well-planned classroom management strategies. Here […] Read more…

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