Education, Humor, Literature Circles, Middle School, Sarcasm, Secondary ELA, Secondary English, Teacher, Texas, Uncategorized, whole class novels

DonorsChoose- Does this really work for people? *Snark alert*

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*

Education, Middle School, Poetry, Secondary ELA, Secondary English, Teacher, Teachers Pay Teachers, Teaching Poetry, Texas, Uncategorized

Poetry, Poetry, Poetry!- Celebrate National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, as every good English educator knows, and I wanted to celebrate by sharing my students' work. Those are the best kinds of posts, right? Seeing the culmination of your instruction and their hard work is inspiring! For this particular project- Poetry Project: Exploring Poetic Forms- the students choose from a… Continue reading Poetry, Poetry, Poetry!- Celebrate National Poetry Month

Classroom, Humor, Sarcasm, Secondary ELA, Secondary English, state assessment, Teacher, Texas, Uncategorized

It’s Testing Season in Texas- A Timeline of Tests

Snark Alert! Please do not read this post if you love standardized tests! It's that time again- state tests. "Oh, joy!" said no educator, ever. Not only have no educators said that, no student has said it either. From back in the day when we took the ITBS on one day of the year to… Continue reading It’s Testing Season in Texas- A Timeline of Tests

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

Classroom Screen: Where Has This Been All My Life? Adding Structure to my Schedule

You know when you find something, and it becomes the best thing that ever happened? Then you realize you'd seen it years ago and missed the boat on using it all this time? Yeah, that's where I'm at. Enter Classroom Screen Before spring break, I attended five days of training. I learned SO many things… Continue reading Classroom Screen: Where Has This Been All My Life? Adding Structure to my Schedule

bloggers, Classroom, Education, Humor, Middle School, Sarcasm, Secondary ELA, Secondary English, Self reflection, Teacher, Teacher Tribe, Teaching, Texas, Uncategorized

On the Downhill- Trying to Finish This Year STRONG!

I've been slacking. It's true. Now, I'm definitely not one that people would view as a slacker. I'm uber-organized, I'm constantly doing something, I even serve coffee in my room on Fridays. But every year at about this time I start to kind of check out on the current year to turn my attention to… Continue reading On the Downhill- Trying to Finish This Year STRONG!