A Middle School Teacher's Guide to the First Week of School
The pencils are sharpened, your classroom is clean and the bell rings…gulp…here they come! My feelings on the first week of school are conflicted. On one hand, it’s one of the most important weeks. Explaining and practicing the class procedures and expectations sets the tone for the rest of the school year. Success is vital. On the other hand, I’m so excited to start teaching my historical content that waiting until all the expectations are explained requires a lot of patience! Every teacher…
Editable ELA Word Wall for Middle School
ELA Word Wall for Middle School: As teachers, we are constantly referring to various terms in our content areas that we want students to know. I designed this word wall resource as a tool to display common ELA terminology in my middle school classroom. I am always looking for ways to make classroom décor mix with thoughtful teaching practices.
How to Stop Killing the Love of Reading | Cult of Pedagogy
Reading programs and activities don’t work very well to raise students’ reading proficiency, especially if they take the place of real interactions with real books. And they certainly don’t do anything to turn our students into people who love to read. #CultofPedagogy #reading #ELA
Strategy and Skill-based Independent Reading Exit Tickets
Do you desperately want to begin independent reading in your classroom, but know you need some way of grading it? Of course you don't want to kill students' joy for fun novels, but you know they won't do it without a grade--and administration needs to see numbers in that gradebook. These 10 skill-based exit tickets are so fast, they won't bog down your classroom, your grading time, or cause students to moan and roll their eyes. Get them now! #itslitteaching #independentreading…