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

High School, Literature Circles, Middle School, Secondary ELA, Secondary English, Teaching tools, Texas, Uncategorized

Literature Circles- The Process and the Product

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

Classroom, Education, Humor, Middle School, Sarcasm, Secondary ELA, Secondary English, Teaching, Texas, Uncategorized

My (Un)Healthy Obsession with School Supplies- A Teacher’s Confession

Hi. My name's Kourtney, and I'm a school supplies addict. *Hi, Kourtney!* My addiction started when I was in middle school with colored pens. And markers. And colorful notebook paper. And Trapper Keepers. You get the picture. This obsession/hoarding behavior is something that I live with every day. And NO. I don't want a cure.… Continue reading My (Un)Healthy Obsession with School Supplies- A Teacher’s Confession

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