Blog Post 10 Ways to Add Holiday Joy to Your Class

10 Ways to Add Holiday Joy to Your Class

Super excited to have teamed up with some amazing secondary teachers for the 12 Days of December Blog Hop and Giveaway!  Each blog will focus on this year’s theme of bringing “Comfort and Joy” to your classroom. I know without question that I’m a secondary teacher. I’ve taught high school for years and love my …

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Books for Teens Need – Teen Review

Need – Teen Review

A teen review of Need by Joelle Charbonneau. The book Need is focused mainly on a website called need.com.  The site itself is harmless, but what lies after you place your “need” is something more sinister. Kaylee, Nate and DJ are the main characters and the story mainly revolves around them making decisions and the …

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Blog Post Positive Attitude Eases the Stress of the Season

Positive Attitude Eases the Stress of the Season

Are you setting up your class for a fun, positive holiday season or setting yourself up for a stressful few months?  As we enter the busyness of November and December, it can be a trying time for both teachers and students, but staying positive through the craziness of holidays and parent teacher conferences is key …

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Blog Post Academic Conversation Through Silent Debates

Academic Conversation Through Silent Debates

When I taught high school, my favorite day of the week was current event Friday because students shared about the events of the week and the class engaged in academic debate over current affairs. When I attempted to bring this same idea to middle school it flopped! It turned into arguments and hurt feelings as …

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Blog Post If I knew I wouldn’t fail…

If I knew I wouldn’t fail…

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? Have you ever asked your students this question? You might be surprised at what they tell you.  For the last few years I’ve started the year in my 7th and 8th grade Language Arts class with a small unit on Famous Failures. Our students often feel that …

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