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Welcome to webinars designed to help teachers like you reach all of your students — and stay sane at the same time!

(Yes, it’s possible!)

I’ll be adding teaching tools, strategies and tips that will help you understand how to teach difficult concepts and increase your teaching confidence!

If there is a specific webinar you need, let me know! Just fill out this form.

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Let’s teach blackout poetry

This is such a win! Students love creating blackout poetry, and it is such an awesome way to teach word choice, inference, and vivid language skills.

This video walks you through all the steps — easy and so much fun!

You can read the whole blog post on teaching blackout poetry right here.

How to teach annotation skills

We want our students to annotate, but often they have no idea how to go about doing it.

I’ll take you through the steps of teaching annotation in this video.

Save time grading with a “Walking Gradebook”

Shave off some of your grading time by using a “walking gradebook.” This short video shows you how.

This is a quick way to grade as you monitor your students — plus you won’t be taking everything home to assess!

You can find ready-to-use checklists here: Checklists for Quick Assessments

Use Trello to Plan Your Year, Unit Plans, and More

If you are looking for a wonderful way to organize — you’ve got to check out Trello. It is such a cool way to create a yearlong plan, unit plans, lesson plans…and more. And best of all — it’s free!

In this video, I’ll show you how to use it.

Convinced? Yeah — it is a great tool and will make planning your year soooo much easier! You can grab your free account here:


6 Tips for Teaching Poetry in Middle School

Check out these quick tips to help make teaching poetry a snap!

Additional resources that you might be interested in:

“I’m Nobody” by Emily Dickinson

“Hope is the Thing with Feathers” by Emily Dickinson

More poetry resources

7 Strategies for teaching summarizing skills

Here are additional resources you may be interested in:

Lessons for writing an objective summary

Summarizing with a graphic novel one-pager

5 More tips for teaching summarizing skills

How to create a yearlong plan

I’m excited you’ll be joining me as we talk about quick and easy ways to create a yearlong plan that you can truly use!

Resources mentioned in the webinar:

Get free yearlong plan and calendar templates here.

More resources:

How to take status of the class

This is a great way to keep students accountable for reading regularly. Quick and easy to set up. Perfect way to start your reading class!

You can find out more about running a successful independent reading program in these posts:

Independent Reading in Middle School

15 Tips for Running a Reading Challenge

You can grab a guide to independent reading here:

Independent Reading

You want your students to read more, but how do you do that without taking on more grading, tracking, nagging, begging, and exhaustion?!

Check out the video below for strategies to make an independent reading program a successful event in your classroom. Be sure to grab the freebie below the video.

You can find out more in this post:

How to Encourage Independent Reading in Middle School

You can get a free guide to independent reading here:

A Guide to Your Independent Reading Program