How can you teach gratitude to your students? Here are 15 tips to help you do just that.

Ways to Teach Gratitude in the Classroom

You don’t need an advanced degree to know that we can benefit from practicing gratitude.  As a teacher, you are in a unique and powerful position to help your students consider, think about, and practice gratitude. The benefits of developing gratitude (for all of us): improved relationships better health better sleep less stress improve empathy […] Read more…

Help your students write goals and use steps to meet those goals.

Goal-Setting Activities for Students

We often use starting points during the school year to encourage our students to set goals for themselves, but how can we make goal-setting activities useful tools for middle school students?  Goals that aren’t abandoned after they’re written. Goal-setting for students: a hierarchy If you have read the book Grit by Angela Duckworth, you read […] Read more…

Overcome writing anxiety that your students feel with these tips.

Writing Anxiety: Creating Fearless Writers

What do writing anxiety and a trip to the hospital have in common? As of the date on this post, I’m recovering from a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction.  While I was in the hospital, I spent a good part of the day (and nights) discussing, describing and rating my pain. This was facilitated by […] Read more…

Five fun and funky outfit additions for teacher wardrobes.

5 Fun & Funky Outfit Additions for Teachers

Elementary school teachers can get away with wearing all kinds of cute outfits.  What about a middle school teacher’s wardrobe?  We have the sharp-eyed teens checking out what we wear…and didn’t you wear that blouse last week?   Still, we don’t have to wear boring/safe clothes.  Just a few fun pieces added to your basic teacher […] Read more…

Tips for ending your school year strong.

Easy Ways to End the School Year Strong

Are you ready for the end of school? Exciting? Sure… just sometimes too exciting!  Keeping students engaged and still learning until the last few days can seem like a herculean task — especially if you’re finished with standardized testing. What can you do to keep your students engaged, fun, and different ways to end the school year?  […] Read more…

Fun and easy teacher gifts that won't break the bank!

13 Unique Teacher Gifts

Looking for a unique gift for a teacher?  Most teachers have plenty of mugs and candles — but here’s a list of some thoughtful, fun, unique items that would make wonderful teacher gifts — any time of year. This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure policy here. 13 Unique Gifts for […] Read more…

Looking for ways to teach critical thinking skills? Here are ways to use propaganda to help students practice. Free lesson plan included.

Propaganda and Critical Thinking

Teaching our students to be critical thinkers is more important than ever.  One (fun!) way to do this is to teach about how propaganda is used in popular culture.  Examples abound! Start with propaganda they know 👉You can find a lesson plan to teach propaganda in my exclusive resource library.  You can gain access here! […] Read more…

Help your students create a resource notebook that they will use as a true resource. Find free mini lessons to get you started.

Create a Resource Book with Your Students

Help your students create a resource book that is more than just a place to record notes or homework.  Teach your students how to make their notebooks a true resource. At the end of the school year, do your students drop their notebooks into the recycling bin as they leave the classroom?  😩  A year’s worth […] Read more…

Are your students benefiting from writing warm ups or are they just busy work? Here are some practical tips for getting the most from these. And a free week's worth of interactive writing warm ups!

Writing Warm Ups – How to make the most of them

Do you use daily writing warm ups at the beginning of your writing class?  How can you make the most of them?  Here are a few suggestions: 👉You can snag a week’s worth of interactive writing warm ups in my exclusive resource library.  You can gain access here! Writing warm ups + timer Here’s the scene: […] Read more…

These 12 poems are perfect for middle school students. The post includes lesson plan ideas and a free poetry discussion starter.

12 Poems that Speak to Middle Schoolers

Here are 12 poems that seem to be written specifically for that special group.  Poems that will speak loud and clear to your students! Elementary teachers have Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein; high school teachers have T.S. Elliot and William Butler Yeats, but what about middle school?  👉Start the discussion about what makes a poem […] Read more…

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