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Why Your Self-Care is More Important than Your To-Do List

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 ... 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

How to Get 28 Teachers to Teach Alongside You

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 ... READ the POST

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 ... READ the POST

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, ... READ the POST