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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
It’s been my experience that students start to check out far before the final bell rings. I remember having a student ask me one year, “I thought we were just going to be watching movies this week.” as I started a regular lesson on the Monday of the last week of school. With the end […]
Have you tried using literature circles in your ELA classroom? In literature circles, small groups of students gather together to discuss a piece of literature in depth. These are an excellent way to guide students to a deeper engagement with what they are reading through assignments and structured discussion. If you’ve tried literature circles (or […]
April is poetry month, and before what T.S. Eliot calls “the cruelest month” is over, I want to share an alternative way to getting your students excited about poetry. In my experience, students can tend to put their walls up when we reach the poetry unit. I think a lot of this reluctance comes from […]
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