Ready to teach poetry? This post will guide you through the process.

Strategies for Teaching Poetry: The Ultimate Guide

Looking for teaching strategies as you begin a poetry unit? Teaching poetry can be intimidating — for both students and teachers. But it doesn’t have to be! This post dives into ways you can teach poetry in fun and effective ways. Read on! Why should I teach poetry? By the time your students reach middle […] Read more…

Learn how to teach blackout poetry.

How to Teach Blackout Poetry

Looking for a fun poetry activity? This will guide you on how to teach blackout poetry — and why you should! You know those books on your shelf that are falling to pieces? Grab ’em! You’re going to love using them for blackout poetry! Let’s get started! What is blackout poetry? Blackout poetry is a […] Read more…

5 ways to teach summarizing skills

5 Easy 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…

How to create a yearlong plan

How to create your yearlong plan – the easy way

A yearlong plan will help you teach your standards. It will save you time and energy — and help you remain accountable for what you’re expected to teach this year. But what is the easiest and best way to create one? Read on. What is a yearlong plan? A yearlong plan is an overview of […] Read more…

Everything you need to know about writing workshop

Writing Workshop Activities: Everything You Need to Know

Looking for writing workshop tips? Ways to make it easier? I’ve got you covered! Teaching writing is challenging! But this post will help you! I’ve written several articles about it – and collected them here to help you find the answers you need. Let’s get started! Let’s start at the beginning If you’re not sure […] Read more…

fact checking skills

How to teach fact checking

What is fact checking and how do you teach it? This post will help you share this essential skill with your students. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” Those opening lines of A Tale of Two Cities seem […] Read more…

How to strengthen digital literacy -- tips to help your students develop critical thinking skills.

How to teach Digital Literacy

Here’s how you can teach digital literacy skills to make sure your students are ready to be thoughtful, well-informed adults. Let’s get started! What is Digital Literacy? First – let’s talk about what it means for our students to be digital literate. In one regard, digital literacy means being able to navigate online and using […] Read more…

classroom tools

Essential Tools for your Classroom

Do you have the classroom tools that you need to streamline teaching, organize papers, and keep you and your students focused on content? Here are some best bets for classroom organization This post includes affiliate links. You can read more here. Affiliate links help me fund my blog, but at no additional cost to you! […] Read more…

Guide to mini lessons for writing workshop

How to use Mini Lessons in Writing Workshop

Ready to use mini lessons in your writing workshop, but not sure how? This post will take you the entire process from choosing your lessons to teaching. Let’s get started! What’s a mini lesson? A mini lesson is a short, 10 – 15 minute lesson that you teach by modeling a skill for your students. […] Read more…

How to get 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. Let’s jump in! How Are Your Class Management Skills? Ready to jump into writing workshop? These Mini Lesson Planners will help you get started! Send me the […] Read more…

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