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…

Don't forget yourself when you plan your classroom for the school year. Here are 9 tips for eating right all year long -- and keeping you away from those faculty room temptations!

Healthy Teacher: 9 Tips for Eating Right

Your classroom is decorated, supplies are sorted, the Dollar Store has been ravaged, class lists are printed, lockers assigned, books sorted…yes, you feel ready for your students. But something is missing. It’s not the glue sticks or index cards…it’s how you are going to care for YOU this school year. We’ve all seen the faculty […] Read more…

Organization tips for teachers. 7 ways to organize paper and clutter in your classroom. #5 is my favorite!

7 Organizational Tips for Teachers

  It seems like some people are born organized (take my sister!) and some people, not so much (ummm, that would be me). But that might be a slight exaggeration…because while I have no idea where my running shoes are or what I did with that recipe for tofu surprise, I DO know where my […] Read more…

Wondering how to teach digital literacy? Teach your students how to use internet resources, think critically, and evaluate websites. A list of ten ways to strengthen digital literacy in your classroom. Number 2 is my favorite!

Strengthen Digital Literacy for Students

The internet is a wonderful place where you can learn all kinds of amazing things. The internet is a terrifying place — where you can learn all kinds of amazing things. Both of these statements are true!  Parents and teachers alike can see the benefits and perils of online information for children.  When our students […] Read more…

First Day of School – Fun and Games

    The first day of school is full of organizing, paper passing, and expectations.  While kids are happy to reconnect with friends, the business of the first day can be draining.  That’s why playing a game on the first day is a great way to engage students. I play Scattergories throughout the year with […] Read more…

Get ready for school with this top ten list!

Top Ten List for Back-to-School

A Top Ten List for Back-to-School for ELA Teachers It’s back to school y’all!  (or as our students love to say, “All of y’all!”) Whether you’re a new or seasoned teacher — or somewhere in the middle — you’ll find you’re quickly caught up in the current of the school year.  Don’t forget to take […] Read more…

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