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!
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
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
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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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
In this blog post from Crosswalk Curriculum, I share my appreciate for past teacher mentors I’ve worked with and discuss the importance of finding your person at school. … More New Teacher Toolbox: Finding an Inspiring Mentor to Improve Your Teaching Practice
It’s almost time to get ready for back to school. How can we, as teachers, set ourselves up for a positive mindset during our back to school prep? … More Back to School Teacher Tips: Creating a Positive and Productive Beginning of School Year Mindset
What can teachers do over the summer that can help them be their best, both at work and at home, during the new school year? … More Teacher Tips: What Can You Do This Summer to Spring Into an Efficient School Year?