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

Easy tools to organize 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…

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? Let’s be honest.  One of the most important skills for a teacher is to know how to effectively […] Read more…

distance learning book clubs

Running Book Clubs with Distance Learning

Wondering how to include book clubs or literature circles into your distance learning? This post includes tips, suggestions, and ways to create digital book clubs that will engage your students — even when they aren’t in your classroom. Let’s get started! Your distance learning platform First, look at what your distance learning platform can do. […] Read more…

Engage middle school students in narrative writing by using short videos. Click through to learn how to effectively use commercial, pixar shorts, and TV shows to get your students thinking about narrative elements.

Teach Narrative Writing with Videos

Video and narrative writing go hand in hand. As you prepare your students to begin writing narratives, you’ll want to teach them the elements of the genre.  But before they even put pen to paper, you can use videos to teach narrative writing.  Why? We are surrounded by stories.   Commercials, TV shows, movies, video games, […] Read more…

how to set up and manage distance learning

Distance learning: making it work

Schools are turning to distance learning to help keep students learning and progressing during the corona virus. While distance learning can be a bit intimidating if you’re new to it and are suddenly forced to make changes to the way you teach, that doesn’t have to be the case. This post will help you get […] Read more…

Teaching sonnets provides students with literary analysis and critical thinking skills!

Tips for Teaching a Sonnet to your Students

The granddaddy of poems:  the sonnet.  Of all the poetry forms we can teach, it’s the most intimidating.  But it doesn’t have to be! Teaching the sonnet is challenging, but a great way for students to practice critical thinking skills. Let’s dive in! What’s to love about sonnets? Sonnets provide the “whole enchilada” for poetry […] Read more…

Host a scrabble tournament with your class.

How to Host a Scrabble Tournament for Students

Looking for a fun way to engage students?  Try hosting a Scrabble Tournament. Great for pre-Christmas craziness, year-end, or before break excitement. Here’s how to do it: First steps Your students may or may not know how to play Scrabble.  Those who have played “Words with Friends,” “Bananagrams” or similar games will catch on quickly. […] Read more…

How to use student self assessments

Student Self-Assessment Strategies

Are you teaching your students self-assessment skills? Teaching this life skill is so important in helping our students gauge their growth. This post takes you through many ways to teach this. Let’s get started! When should students self-assess? Looking back at our accomplishments over time is so gratifying! We can bring that same joy of […] Read more…