I'm a genius sometimes. No, really! I have lesson ideas come to me at the most random moments during the day. And they always surprise me because it happens when I'm not thinking about lessons. You know what I mean? So anyway, back to my genius. This is a little trip into the inner-workings of… Continue reading Using Songs and Their Videos to Teach Perspective and Poetry in Middle School
Have you ever wanted to let students choose their own novel to read, but you couldn't figure out the best way to assess all those books? Don't want to write 20 tests? Tried to find literature circle materials that weren't for elementary kids? Well I might be able to help! How This All Started Originally… Continue reading Literature Circles in the Secondary Classroom: Student-Choice Novels Made Easier
Looking for the Magical UnicornPretty much every English teacher I know thinks that finding a good way to teach grammar is an elusive and frustrating task. Finding a comprehensive, year-long grammar program that fits all the student expectations that the state has assigned to your grade level is a daunting task, and one that I… Continue reading Yes, I’m the Grammar Guru- Creating a Year’s Worth of Middle School Grammar
Why would anybody want to be a teacher? Let alone a middle/high school teacher? Aren't those kids awful? I couldn't do it! Teenagers are so disrespectful nowadays! They're so entitled! How can you stand it? Especially when you know you'll never make any money? NO WAY! If you've been a teacher for more than five… Continue reading Why would anybody want to be a teacher?
When I moved from teaching public school to teaching at a charter, there was a definite learning curve for the amount of parent communication that was expected. When I taught at a public high school, I was lucky to have 10 parents attend an open house or meet the teacher event. It just didn't happen.… Continue reading I Love Parent Contacts! Keeping Track of Parent Communications