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
New teachers, don’t take it personally-we’ve all received an angry email from a parent or co-worker that caught us off guard. One way to accelerate your development as a professional teacher is to master the art of communication. Read on to learn three simple strategies for cultivating ninja-level communication skills.
We all know that our students are the best part about teaching. But what are some unusual reasons to teach that feed teacher souls? Here are my top five unusual reasons that teaching is the best. … More Getting Real About Teaching: Top 5 Unusual Reasons that Teaching is the Absolute Best
Find inspiration for creating cross-curricular lessons in your own life. Read on for my top three tips for sourcing ideas for the cross-curricular classroom. … More Finding your Teacher Crosswalk: Sourcing inspiration for cross-curricular lesson plans in your own life