Adopting a new textbook is a wonderful time in a school family's life. Just think- you're seeing this brand new baby curriculum in all its sales pitch glory. Shiny new boxes with video screens. Bags, backpacks, crisp, new books and consumables, online platforms- it's enough to make any teacher's head spin! Look at this one!… Continue reading Oh, look! It’s a brand new baby…curriculum! It must be adoption time, huh?
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
On Sunday, I got a text message that I really didn't want to get. There are four ELA teachers at my small charter middle school. We are a funny group- three super, type A women, and one totally laid back, type B guy. He makes sure we don't spin out of control when plans don't… Continue reading Breaking up the Band- When a colleague has to leave the team
An English Teacher's Rock ConcertI would like to thank whatever English teacher fairy blessed me with the knowledge of the existence of the TALE Conference. TALE is the Texas Association for Literacy Education, and before this school year, I had never heard of it. How is that possible? I've been a secondary English teacher in… Continue reading Gettin’ My Learn On- Part Three of a Week of Professional Development
The Struggle is Real Do you ever begin a lesson and realize your kids have no idea what you're talking about? Even though they should have background knowledge from previous school years? Yeah, me too. The biggest problem we have had at my middle school lately is the serious lack of grammar knowledge. I mean,… Continue reading ELA Student Handbook for Middle School