tips for successful independent reading in middle school

Independent reading in Middle School

If you want your students to read – or read more, check out these suggestions for making independent reading more successful. First: get to know your students as readers Start the year by giving your students a short survey. My favorite questions are: How do you feel about reading? Why? What is hard about reading? […] Read more…

top ten tips for back to school

Top Ten List for Back-to-School

There is nothing like a top ten list for back to school to get you ready for the start of a new year! 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 a […] Read more…

Decoupage a Classroom “Author’s Chair”

Decoupage a boring stool or chair to create an author’s chair that will give your students a special place to sit and share their writing. Here’s how: 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 […] Read more…

Healthy teacher habits

Healthy Teacher: 9 Tips for Eating Right

Make healthy habits one of your top priorities this school year! Here are nine tips to help you do just that! 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 […] Read more…

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 for preventing teacher burnout and improving your teaching life

Avoid teacher burnout: unwind!

Teacher burnout is real — and it is easy to feel like you’ve used up every bit of your energy and reserve at the end of a stressful semester or school year. Here are some ways to get back your energy. It happens to all of us — we have a stressful year of teaching. […] 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 are effective teaching strategies for vocabulary instruction?

10 effective vocabulary teaching strategies

Teaching vocabulary can be a real challenge. Looking for some extra help? Here are vocabulary teaching strategies that with help you and your students in your word study. Why is vocabulary important? We know that vocabulary instruction is important. When our students can understand, decode, and determine the meaning of new words, their reading comprehension […] Read more…

fun activities for the end of the school year

Fun activities for the end of the school year

Need engaging, fun, and rigorous end of school year activities? I’ve teamed up with these awesome teachers to share our best lessons with you that will help you all the way through the last day of school! The end of the school year can be stressful — how can you keep your students engaged when […] Read more…

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