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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

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

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

Classroom Management, Classroom Structure, Education, High School, Middle School, Secondary ELA, Secondary English, Teaching, Texas

How Do You Get Them To Do That?- Real Talk About Secondary Classroom Management

At least once a school year a teacher will come into my classroom to deliver a message or ask a question, whatever. Then later, they will ask me, "Were your students in trouble?" "No." "Then why were they so quiet?" "Because I asked them to work silently." "That's it?" Yep. That's it. Until recently I… Continue reading How Do You Get Them To Do That?- Real Talk About Secondary Classroom Management

Education, Middle School, Secondary ELA, Secondary English, Teaching

Peace Out! Another School Year in the Books

It's my last day, and I'm sitting in my room trying to find something to do. For some reason, the board decided to approve a calendar that had four work days after the last day of school. Yeah, FOUR. Now y'all know I'm a planner. I DO NOT procrastinate. So I started taking things down… Continue reading Peace Out! Another School Year in the Books