When the final bell rings for summer vacation and the buses have all departed, it doesn’t take long before the staff parking lot empties. I get it; you are exhausted from planning, marking, and containing 30 some students who are itching for freedom. I am here to convince you to put away your keys, have
I love finding creative ways to bring the holidays into the classroom. With February 14th around the corner, here are my top 10 favorite Valentine’s Day inspired activities to use with middle school English students! Practice Grammar by Editing Cupid’s Social Media Status Updates Let’s be honest, grammar is not the most exciting topic for middle schoolers.
assignment The Giver by Lois Lowry is a teacher’s dream novel. The complex dystopian plot line, dynamic characters, and thought-provoking themes provide so many opportunities for teachers to foster text-to-self and text-to-world connections. Critical thinking activities that allow students to empathize with the characters are a must-have in any novel unit. Below are 8 of my
When I first started teaching, I remember receiving the advice (more than once) to avoid the teachers’ lounge. They would tell me to stay away because it was a negative environment where people only go to complain. Of course, being a new teacher, I just smiled and nodded, but I always felt that was unfair
I absolutely adore teaching spooky, creepy, scary short stories. The suspense, the twists and turns in the plot lines, and the sinister characters always seem to draw students in. This is why I use Halloween as an excuse to spend Octobers studying my favorite eerie and freaky short stories. Below you’ll find a list of
Snowball writing is a fun and creative activity that you can use to engage your students in collaborative writing! Here is how it works: Each student is given a sheet with a different narrative story starter. I use picture prompts, but you could also use written prompts. This means if you have 25 students, you need at least