Assessments, Classroom, Education, High School, Lesson Planning, Literature Circles, Middle School, Secondary ELA, Secondary English, Teacher, Teachers Pay Teachers

Assessing Student Reading- Do they have to take a test?

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?

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What I’ve Learned From Becoming a TPT Seller

At the end of February of 2017, a colleague of mine told me I should put a grammar game I had made on TPT and sell it. I was familiar with TPT, and had bought a number of things, but I never once considered becoming a seller myself. I wasn't even sure how to go… Continue reading What I’ve Learned From Becoming a TPT Seller

Family, Gratitude, Humor, motivation, Self reflection

Are you grateful? Are you sure? Do you have a leg to stand on?

This post is going to be a bit different. This post is about being grateful. It's about family. It's about fear. And it's about humor in the face of overwhelming odds. I have struggled with depression for quite some time. The problem is I have a great life. I have NOTHING to complain about. I… Continue reading Are you grateful? Are you sure? Do you have a leg to stand on?

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Who’s ready for next year? This girl!

Look at them! Aren't they beautiful? This picture is the culmination of WEEKS of work. First the outlining. Then the writing out plans, rearranging plans, and solidifying plans. Then the organization of the lessons into to the binders according to the plans. I started by curating all the cool ideas that I had seen on… Continue reading Who’s ready for next year? This girl!

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Saying Goodbye- Honoring Mr. Marley

Sometimes writing is cathartic. Sometimes it is a release. Sometimes it is just painful. For me, it is always necessary. I have lost friends and colleagues before, but never in the same year I was working with them. I guess I've been lucky, but that changed this week.  The last year and a half, I… Continue reading Saying Goodbye- Honoring Mr. Marley