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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reflective Students in 5 Easy Steps

Do you ever ask your students to reflect on their learning?  If someone was to ask your students, “how do you learn?” would they really know how they learn best? A few years ago, I worked at a charter school where student reflection was part of the school culture.  Students understood how to assess their […]