The Summer To-Do List for First Year Teachers

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

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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, 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

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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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