11 minute essay, Assessments, Secondary English, STAAR, state assessment, Test Prep, Texas

Timing is Everything- Using timed essays to teach expository writing

A few years ago I was teaching 9th grade. Of course this meant that I had to prepare the students for the expository essay portion of the English I EOC. From a friend, I heard about timed essays. Once I started using timed essays, I have never looked back. I have used them with 9th… Continue reading Timing is Everything- Using timed essays to teach expository writing

Assessments, Education, High School, Middle School, One Pager, Teachers Pay Teachers, Teaching, Texas

One Pagers for the Win!

One pagers! One pagers are all the rage right now, and as a secondary English teacher I heartily support this movement. One pagers are a great way to get a snapshot of a student's understanding of a novel, story, character, or theme without assigning an essay. Through the elements of the one pager, you can… Continue reading One Pagers for the Win!

11 minute essay, Annotation, Assessments, Education, Grammar, High School, Middle School, Secondary ELA, Secondary English, state assessment, Test Prep, Texas

STAAR Prep for Secondary English- It’s never too early!

If you're like me, as soon as you return from holiday break you begin really thinking about STAAR prep, especially if you have an early test like I do. This 3rd quarter is down-to-business time for me because we don't have much time after spring break before we take our reading test. It's the same… Continue reading STAAR Prep for Secondary English- It’s never too early!

Classroom, Games, Grammar, Middle School, state assessment, student needs, Teaching, Teaching tools, Texas

Games for the Win- Using Games to Spice Up STAAR Test Prep

I teach middle school, and mixing it up is really important to keep the kids on their toes especially when it comes to test prep. One of the best things when I was a kid was seeing the TV and VCR set up and ready to go for the class period. Movie day! We don't… Continue reading Games for the Win- Using Games to Spice Up STAAR Test Prep

Anxiety, bloggers, Family, Gratitude, parenting, Self reflection, Texas, Uncategorized

Surviving the fall- and other tough tasks

I usually use my blog to promote a TpT product or two. This is not one of those posts. Fall is a tough time for some teachers. There's the whole DEVOLSON thing (if you don't know what this is, look it up on Pinterest- you'll find some funny, and very true, stuff), plus the excitement… Continue reading Surviving the fall- and other tough tasks