When you’re experiencing personal or professional change, it can be difficult to take care of yourself and your family while teaching full-time. Here are my top 4 tips for navigating change while engaging your students. … More Teachers, help yourself stay ship-shape during a storm: Four tips to balance life changes while teaching full time
Improve content-area vocabulary development in your middle school classroom by using word walls. This blog post gives three tips for making your word wall more interactive. … More Content area reading skills: The power of word walls + 3 ways to make your word walls interactive!
If you are an active duty spouse who is also a teacher, this blog post is a celebration of the strengths you bring to your school! … More I heart active duty spouse teachers! Top 3 reasons your challenges are your assets
You’re on an epic journey as a cross-curricular teacher! All that lies between your students and academic success is a whole lot of dragons. Win the day (and the year) by using my top five tips for planning effective nonfiction reading and writing lessons for your middle school students. … More Slay all of the Dragons: Top five ways to be a literacy hero for your middle school students
Support your students in growing as learners by using claim, evidence, and reasoning with nonfiction texts! … More Wake your students up to deeper learning with Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning writing
Teaching multistep procedures as a subset of nonfiction reading skills can help you support your students in developing a better understanding of science concepts and improve their nonfiction reading comprehension. Learn to boost your own skill in teaching multistep procedures to support student growth. … More Learning from Little Red Riding Hood’s Mistakes: 4 Tips for Teaching Students to Accurately Read a Multistep Procedure
Using nonfiction text features to preview a text is like following a trail of breadcrumbs into the forest. The author provides clues as to the main ideas in the text by adding images, captions, diagrams, and subtitles. Use your knowledge of nonfiction text features to model your thinking as you read a nonfiction text. … More Following Bread Crumbs: You can teach nonfiction text features to boost reading comprehension in the middle school classroom
Make the most of those weeks between the holiday breaks by bringing cross-curricular activities to your middle school science classroom. … More Bring wonder and engagement back to your classroom before the winter holidays with cross-curricular activities
Teaching during the weeks before a holiday is like opening a long-forgotten closet. You watch as, in slow motion, all of the coats, Christmas decorations, and brooms tumble out the closet door while feeling powerless to stop it. What does this analogy look, feel, and sound like in a pre-holiday classroom? Students are slumped over … More Teaching Mixtape: Six tips for surviving and thriving in the chaos of your classroom before a holiday break
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