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Annotation Academy- Teaching Your Secondary Students to Annotate

My Introduction to Annotation Several years ago, I was attending AP conference at TCU and heard the term annotate for the first time. I say several years, it was probably more like a decade ago. Of course, as an English student, I knew what interacting with a text was, but I don't remember hearing the… Continue reading Annotation Academy- Teaching Your Secondary Students to Annotate

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Using Songs and Their Videos to Teach Perspective and Poetry in Middle School

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

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The 7th Circle of Hell: Is This the Way my Students Feel About my Class?

It's summer. This means my life is a whirlwind of oil changes, vet visits, dance practices and camps, college orientation...and then there are the REALLY awful ones. Like Discount Tire. And doctor's offices. In case you're still getting to know me, I should be very frank. Patience is not a virtue with which I have… Continue reading The 7th Circle of Hell: Is This the Way my Students Feel About my Class?