How to Teach Creative Writing All Day

When I was in middle school, I remember the excitement of hearing my teacher proclaim dramatically that today we would do “Creative Writing” as if it were a magical, once-a-year event (which, unfortunately, it was!).  I loved “creative” writing so much that I wrote my own stories at home.  Sure, school had plenty of writing […] Read more…

14 Class/ School Uses for Periscope App

After my post yesterday on the Periscope App, I spent some time brainstorming ways teachers could use the app in their classroom and school.  I’ve come up with quite a list, if I do say so myself! School Use for Periscope 1.  Principal morning message to teachers.  Rather than sending out a daily email to […] Read more…

Periscope App in the Classroom

Since last week, the Periscope app has been all over the Facebook pages, Instagram feeds, and blogs that I frequent (though it was launched in March). Periscope is a video that you share with viewers.  Viewers can interact with you by adding comments or floating hearts (so delightful!).  The video is available for 24 hours.  Viewers = […] Read more…

Winner Wednesday: Reading Badges

I’m participating in A Dab of Glue Will Do’s “Winner Wednesday” giveaway today. I’ve chosen Reading Badges:  Use genre stickers to motivate reading  for the giveaway.   I love this product because it motivates students to read a variety of genre– and adds a bit of competition to the mix.  There are 16 badges — 4 badges […] Read more…

Foster Freedom in Writer’s Workshop

After finishing the last post about how a writer’s notebook differs from a writing journal, I was thinking about how choice is so important to students. It’s difficult to allow students to choose what to write when we have to teach a narrative, a persuasive essay, an argument, comparison contrast, etc. etc. Not to mention, […] Read more…

Writer’s Notebook vs Journal

  At some time in your students’ academic lives, they have probably kept a journal.  Journals are wonderful teaching tools — they help students reflect on their learning, expand their understanding, make hypotheses…and so on.  The great thing about learning journals is that nearly any discipline can use them — math, science, social studies.  They […] Read more…

One Essential Tool for your Classroom

The world of teachers very well may be divided into those who organize with binders and those who organize with folders. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, but if you’re in the binder camp, there is one tool you cannot live without:  a high-quality three-hole punch. This is an “essential” tool.   I received […] Read more…

Summer Vacation…

What does summer vacation mean to you? We can all agree that teachers work really hard.  But, our summer “to do” lists are often full of more work!  Closets to be cleaned, files organized, lessons planned, books to be read…the list is as bottomless as a pile of papers to be graded! Encourage the teachers […] Read more…

End the School Year: 5 Fun Things to Try

The last quarter of the school year can be exhausting.  If your school has testing, there may be several weeks left in the year that you and your students are watching the clock. Try out something fun to end the year. 1.  Go back to September.  Think about the ideas you had at the beginning […] Read more…

Decoupage a Classroom “Author’s Chair”

I am not artistic, but I love to decoupage.  Collage and glue — right up my unartistic alley! A few summers ago I made this stool for my classroom.  My students loved it but were only allowed to use it as the “author’s chair” when they were reading something they’d written to the class.  Fellow […] Read more…

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