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Tips for better classroom management

5 Tips to Better Classroom Management

A “perfect” class doesn’t just happen.  It is created through consistent, compassionate, and well-planned classroom management strategies. Here are five tips to help you get started! 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 […] Read more…

Tips and checklist for organizing the end of the school year.

End of the Year Teacher Checklist

No matter what time of year school ends for you, there seems to be an endless list of items to do before you can head off for vacation. After the fun of the end of the year, this year-end teacher checklist will help you wrap up your year. Build your checklist Before you start throwing […] Read more…

How to manage free choice in writing workshop

How to offer choices in writing workshop

Middle school students love options! By providing choices during writing workshop, you will increase student excitement and engagement about the writing process. Here are ways to do just that. The difficulty of teaching writing Well, let’s be honest. Teaching writing is really, really hard work! All of our students are at different levels. In one […] Read more…

What should you teach this month? Here are lesson plans and ideas for you to make teaching a breeze!

What to teach in May

Ready for this month? Here is a list of to help you decide what to teach in May. Grab your calendar and mark down these holidays! If it’s time for you to start planning for the end of the year, you’ll want to check out these fun end of the school year activities. Journal Prompts […] Read more…

Here are ideas to help students get excited about research. Lesson plans and ideas that will get you started.

How to Get Your Students Excited about Research

Research should be fun!  Yet it often involves restricted topics, rules, and requirements that can limit a student’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm.   Encourage students to follow their questions by implementing simple, small research activities about topics they are curious about. Create a Research Notebook I loved making  upcycled notebooks, and I decided to use […] Read more…

Looking for quick ways to engage students in writing arguments? Here are quick lessons and activities to get started.

How to teach argument writing

Ready to start teaching argumentative writing? Arguments and middle school students go hand in hand! Looking for essay topics and ideas to help your students? Read on! What is an argument? That seems like a silly question, but ask your students and you’ll be surprised at the responses you get! What you really want to […] Read more…

Ready to teach persuasive writing? Here are easy to use ideas to get you started.

How to teach Persuasive Writing

How should you teach persuasive writing? Here are some tips and tricks to get your students started. Let’s get started! What is persuasive writing? Before sending your students off to write, make sure they understand what persuasive writing is. Persuasive writing is designed to convince the reader to think or act a certain way. Persuasive […] Read more…

Lesson Ideas for what to teach in April

Wondering what to teach in April? This post is full of ideas to keep your students engaged and you organized! Let’s dive right in! Preview the month Here is a list of interesting and important events that are happening in April. You’ll want to put them on your calendar! April is Black Women’s History Month […] Read more…

Wonder how to respond to negative feedback? This list of tips will help you respond to principal, parent, and student feedback.

How to handle negative feedback

As teachers, we are used to providing feedback to our students, but what about when we are at the receiving end? Here are some strategies for dealing with feedback. Read on! Who, what & why? Before determining your response, determine three things: Who is giving you the feedback What they are responding to Why? When […] Read more…

Here are 6 strategies for grouping students. Perfect flexible grouping methods for differentiation, projects, and team building activities.

Grouping Students – Strategies that Work

No matter how entertaining you are, your students still need to move around and talk during class. Here are some great ways to get students moving, talking, problem solving, and interacting with different classmates. What’s the perfect size for grouping students? Students often struggle in groups. One student make take over and do all the […] Read more…