As a kid, I loved tests. I wouldn't do much in class, but then I'd ace the test. Yep, I was that kid. I have a photographic memory, so objective tests were my friends. As long as I'd actually read the material, I was fine. I didn't really have to think much about the concepts… Continue reading Assessing Student Reading- Do they have to take a test?
It's that time again, so get your credit cards ready! Teacher appreciation time at TPT! I love this sale the most because I can get things that will help me do some planning over the summer. To get in the spirit of the sale, I thought I'd give you a heads up on some of… Continue reading TPT Teacher Appreciation Sale
Last month, I started my very first DonorsChoose campaign to try and raise money for hardcover literature circle novels. I figured it was go big or go home, right? I mean, we all know that hardcover is significantly more expensive than paperback, but that's because they last longer. Especially in middle school! For the first… Continue reading DonorsChoose- Does this really work for people? *Snark alert*
Yesterday we started literature circles in my 8th grade ELA classes. This is one of my FAVORITE days all year, and I was so excited to come to work! I posted on IG about it, and someone asked me about how to get started. I thought this would be a great place to outline my… Continue reading Literature Circles- The Process and the Product
Have you ever wanted to let students choose their own novel to read, but you couldn't figure out the best way to assess all those books? Don't want to write 20 tests? Tried to find literature circle materials that weren't for elementary kids? Well I might be able to help! How This All Started Originally… Continue reading Literature Circles in the Secondary Classroom: Student-Choice Novels Made Easier