So, it’s the end of your writing unit, your students have worked their tails off on their work, and you know they need some way to get their writing in front of eyes other than yours. Writers write for a million reasons, but most don’t write just to be graded. Let’s be real, though:
While most teachers imagine a summer full of planning, prepping, collaborating and decorating to prepare for each brand new group of students, that’s not always the case for hundreds of teachers. It’s January, and that means that that across the country (and the world) there are teachers marching into classrooms for the first time, tasked
Think of your energy and what comes with it (happiness, passion, motivation) like a bank account. One of the greatest threats to the American public education system, I think, is the rate of teacher burnout. Put it into metaphorical terms, it’s the rate of teachers that go energy bankrupt. I’ve been thinking a lot about
Just like you have reasons that you don’t do certain things, reluctant writers have their own reasons for not writing. Personally, I do not sing in front of people. Reason? I had a friend tell me I was terrible when I was very young, and ever since I’ve been terrified of criticism about it.
You’ve probably got 80,130 things swirling around in your head about things you want to do before the school year starts. It’s such an exciting time!! I remember the summer before my first year teaching obsessing over EVERYTHING. What’s up, anxiety. I thought I needed to make my plans incredible and my classroom looking absolutely
I don’t remember gleaning much from going up and giving speeches during school, other than that I hated it. I know it’s the same for my students. Literally the ONLY thing I remember from my 8th grade social studies class was the nausea I felt as I walked up to give a speech one day.
Most teachers are good at ignoring our own self-care for long stretches of time. 3 hours without peeing? I’ve trained for this. Working through lunch? Please, born to multi-task. Staying up late to grade 100 papers? Part of the lifestyle. After a while though, we start noticing the deficit. The most obvious? You’re tired. You
So, you’re intrigued by slam poetry, and you want to know how to start using it in the classroom. I get it; slam poetry is so awesome, sometimes I am intimidated by teaching it. But, the good news is that more than likely, your kids are going to love it. And when that happens, you’ve
Do you wish you could just have one more teacher in your room helping you? …or how about 28 other teachers? Introducing, the video mini-lesson: your new co-teacher. It’s just as simple as it sounds, but will change the way you look at differentiation in your classroom. In this post, I’ll take you through my journey
Want some ideas on how to teaching students how to integrate quotes and textual evidence in to writing? I’ve got you. A couple weeks ago, Sam and I were given the task of creating a lesson plan to teach how to properly cite and analyze textual evidence (or integrate a quote into your paper), as