Graffiti Boards Engage More Students

A New Year, New Idea strategy! Week #1 A new year, new ideas!  That’s the goal for the next several weeks.  There’s no doubt that teaching is hard, so it makes sense that we fall back on the same familiar strategies to make planning and implementing a little easier.  I’d like to challenge you to […]

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 conversation and debates over current affairs. When I attempted to bring this same idea to middle school it flopped! It turned into arguments and hurt […]

10 Ways to Add Holiday Joy to Your Class

I know without question that I’m a secondary teacher. I’ve taught high school for years and love my current middle schoolers, but when November and December roll around, I often think how fun it would be to be able to celebrate holidays in class.  My former roommate was a first-grade teacher so I’m not blind […]

Keeping Rigor High Before a Break

It is two weeks until Spring break, state testing begins a few weeks after we return, students are tired, and let’s face it, teachers are tired.  How do you overcome the tiredness and the apathy to keep the rigor high until the break?    First take a deep breath and know that you are making […]

Students Discover the Writing Prompt Through Text Analysis

I recently shared a picture on my Instagram page showing students engaged in an activity to prepare for our District Writing Test.  It was met with several inquiries so  I wanted to take the time to share what I did and how it turned out.  It proved to be a great (and somewhat challenging) learning experience […]