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

Games for the Win- Using Games to Spice Things Up in the Classroom

I teach middle school, and mixing it up is really important to keep the kids on their toes. 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 need that archaic set up anymore, and… Continue reading Games for the Win- Using Games to Spice Things Up in the Classroom

Education, Grammar, Lesson Planning, Middle School, Secondary ELA, Secondary English, student needs, Teachers Pay Teachers, Texas

Grammar, Grammar, and More Grammar

It's been a while since I talked about grammar, so I thought I'd revisit it now. It might be because I'm smack in the middle of trying to run through topics my 8th graders should already know like subjects and predicates, but it's also something that some teachers struggle to get into their plans. Maybe… Continue reading Grammar, Grammar, and More Grammar

Classroom, Classroom Management, Classroom Structure, Humor, Middle School, Secondary ELA, Secondary English, Teaching

The Results are In: Classroom Management is Scary

This past week I posted a survey on Facebook that asked just one question: What back to school topic concerns you the most? I was actually kind of shocked when I got my answer- classroom management. This got me thinking about how I felt about it. I recently wrote a blog post about this very… Continue reading The Results are In: Classroom Management is Scary

Classroom, Education, Freebies, High School, Lesson Planning, Middle School, Secondary ELA, Secondary English, Teacher Planner

Lesson Planning- Big Picture to Daily Schedule

Are you a planner? Or do you like to fly by the seat of your pants? In my 20 years of teaching, I've seen all kinds of planning personalities, and I've learned a lot about what works for me and what doesn't. Most people will tell you that I'm a planner extraordinaire. During our end… Continue reading Lesson Planning- Big Picture to Daily Schedule

Education, High School, Humor, Middle School, Teacher, Teacher Tribe, Teaching, Texas

Should You Stay, or Should You Go?- Addressing the Debate Over Teacher Attrition

It's been a minute since I've posted. I took a short trip to anxiety town, and then I took my youngest to see my mom. I'd much rather visit my mom than relive the anxiety that has been haunting me. Anywho, I digress. What I really want to talk about is something that I'm seeing… Continue reading Should You Stay, or Should You Go?- Addressing the Debate Over Teacher Attrition