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50+ Ideas for Publishing Student Writing

  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: coming ... READ the POST

What to Do for Writers Who Refuse to Write

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. ... READ the POST

The Summer To-Do List for First Year Teachers

You’ve probably got about 80,130 things swirling around in your head that 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 #anxiety. I thought I needed to make my plans incredible and have my ... READ the POST

How to Teach Students to OWN that Speech

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.  This ... READ the POST

Slam Poetry Day 1: Speak. Your. Truth.

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 got ... READ the POST