Bonnie Hamer, Author at Presto Plans

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Are you looking for ways to engage reluctant writers in your ELA classroom? Let’s face it: getting students excited about writing can be a challenge. While some students arrive at the classroom with a passion for writing, many others dread the prospect of having to write anything at all. Over the years, I’ve learned some […]

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At the beginning of the school year, ELA teachers have the opportunity to build a strong foundation for their classroom that will carry them through the rest of the year. During the first month, it’s important to establish expectations, be consistent, and reflect and adjust where necessary. Here are 10 things every ELA teacher should […]

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Are you hesitant about using literature circles in your middle school ELA classroom? Literature circles (or book clubs) require you, as the teacher, to relinquish a certain amount of control by putting the onus on the students themselves. As a result, literature circles don’t always go off without a hitch. I often hear from teachers […]

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Do you dread having to prepare substitute lesson plans? If so, you’re definitely not alone. In order to keep the classroom running smoothly while you’re away, you’re expected to put together a detailed plan of what your students will do in your absence. What other profession requires you to map out your missed days in such […]

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Are you looking forward to a reset? With the end of a school year comes the opportunity to start anew. For a teacher, the simple joys of summer include getting more sleep, drinking your coffee while it’s warm, having time to eat your whole lunch, and simply feeling human again. Let’s be honest: teaching is […]

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Have you been thinking about trying escape rooms in your ELA classroom but are not sure where to begin? Classroom escape rooms (sometimes referred to as break-out activities) consist of a series of stations with challenges and puzzles that students complete in groups. They usually revolve around a narrative story that places students in a […]

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I don’t know about you, but I think teachers deserve a whole lot of praise for all they do in a day! One of my favorite ways to end the school year is to bring some laughter to the final staff meeting by sharing some hilarious and incredibly accurate teacher and staff awards. Teacher awards […]

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