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Annotation: Marking a Text with Purpose

For a very long time I struggled with how best to teach students to annotate. I had heard all the advice like, "Tell them they're having a conversation with the text". Or "Have them use symbols to show what they were thinking". Seems simple enough, right? Well, those did NOT work for me or my… Continue reading Annotation: Marking a Text with Purpose

Classroom, Education, High School, Middle School, Secondary ELA, Secondary English, student needs, Teacher, Teaching, Teaching tools, Texas, Uncategorized

Keep This for Reference- Reference Materials for the Secondary English Classroom

When I first started teaching 20 years ago, I had not given much thought to how I would have students organize and keep the work they did in my class. When it came time to ask for supplies, I defaulted to what I knew, and I had them bring a binder and dividers. I had… Continue reading Keep This for Reference- Reference Materials for the Secondary English Classroom

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Leaving Her There- Watching Your Oldest Child Fly the Nest

Yesterday was such a weird day. I didn't expect to feel proud, terrified, excited, tearful, broken-hearted, and hopeful in the space of less than 8 hours. But I did. We dropped our oldest off at college yesterday. She is only a few miles from where I work. But her room is empty. I closed the… Continue reading Leaving Her There- Watching Your Oldest Child Fly the Nest

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First Week Observations from the Middle Grades

It's the third day back, and I've finally met all of my students (we are on an A/B schedule). As we begin a new year at my school, which has 6th-9th graders, there are a few things that I've observed that I thought I'd share. Some are just things I should already know but forgot… Continue reading First Week Observations from the Middle Grades

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Dear First Year Teacher Me- A Letter to First Year Me From 20th Year Me

Dear First Year Me, It's the day before school starts on the 20th year of your career. Looking back on all that time, there are some things I wish you would have known as you embark on the very first year. Get ready for a bumpy ride. Finding out that you were pregnant two days… Continue reading Dear First Year Teacher Me- A Letter to First Year Me From 20th Year Me