A List of What to Prepare for Parent-Teacher Conferences

So. You’re starting to roll in those parent-teacher conferences on your schedule, and you’re starting to wonder….what in the WORLD are we going to talk about, and how can I prepare? I remember in the days leading up to my first conferences, veteran teachers were constantly slipping things into our conversations like “Gotta get my

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My Favorite Lesson Plan for Teaching Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning

Let’s face it. Teaching argumentative writing is hard. Each year I teach it, I always know it’s going to be one of the most energy-taxing units of the year. The art of creating a well-crafted argument is challenging for most students–let’s be real, most people, young or not–and facilitating a whole class of teenagers through

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A Lesson on Integrating Text Evidence that my Secondary Students Loved

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, a colleague and I were planning a lesson to teach how to properly cite and analyze textual evidence (or integrate a quote into your paper), as students were struggling to

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25+ Slam Poems Appropriate for Middle School and High School

Interested in using slam poetry examples in your classroom, but not sure which poem would best?  I’ve got you. Slam poetry is a little bit of an obsession of mine, and as a teacher that has taught grades 6-12 ELA, I’m always scrolling through slam poems to find ones that are both inspiring, awesome, and appropriate

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