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Blog Post Students Discover the Writing Prompt Through Text Analysis

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 …

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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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Blog Post Teacher Reflections – Did We Reach The Goal?

Teacher Reflections – Did We Reach The Goal?

Many of us have just ended the school year or are nearing the end of the year. Time to start thinking about summer fun in the sun, vacation and spending time with family.  But, if you are like most effective teachers, you are also thinking about your school year and wondering what you could have …

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