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    Best Teaching Practices

    How to Create the Perfect Work-Life Balance as a Teacher

    I know that it has been a few weeks since I have posted on the blog. So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to discuss how teachers can create a perfect work-life balance. There have been a few things happening in my personal life that caused me to step back from the many things I had been trying to accomplish. Honestly, I really only had enough energy to focus at school and home. Everything extra had to take a backseat. As a teacher, self-care is critical. You really cannot be on your game in a classroom of 30 students without making sure you are okay. This is a list of…

  • Writing Prompts
    Curriculum,  Writing

    50 Writing Prompts for Middle School Students

    There can never be too many writing prompts. I think writing is something that every student should constantly work to improve. It really isn’t the focus in middle school classrooms anymore. But, I always try to bring in a fun prompt here and there to get my students’ creative juices flowing. Here are some fun writing prompts I’ve come up with! 25 Personal Narrative Writing Prompts: Write about a difficult time in your life and how you overcame that situation. What are your goals and how do you plan to accomplish them? Describe your favorite room and why you like it so much. Pick 5 objects from your personal belongings…

  • students
    Best Teaching Practices

    What No One Tells You About Teaching Middle School

    There are many things no one tells you about teaching middle school. Going into teaching (9 years ago) at this point, I am pretty sure I was living in a fantasy world about how I would be the next Erin Gruwell (Freedom Writers), Louanne Johnson (Dangerous Minds), or Jamie Escalante (Stand and Deliver). Well, those notions flitted out as quickly as they came. By the second full year of teaching, I realized this is not the movies. I already knew the pay would be crappy and my resources would be limited because I came from a family of teachers. Both my aunts taught elementary school, and my mother taught elementary…

  • Grammarly
    Curriculum

    The Essential Guide to Grammarly for Teachers

    Grammarly is an essential part of my classroom. Honestly speaking, I don’t spend as much time on Grammar as I probably should. It is one of those things that gets pushed aside for other standards and other skills. I know I am not alone in this either. I try to start out strong in grammar, but often times it just gets pushed by the wayside. One way to combat this is by using some of the online grammar programs I discuss here and here. However, I’m here now to share a nifty little extension that may just change your attitude towards writing in the classroom. What is Grammarly? Grammarly is…

  • Best Teaching Practices

    5 Easy Steps to More Reflective Teaching

    Reflective teaching is the way to grow and develop as a teacher. Teachers should continually challenge themselves so that they become better. Teaching is one job where this is especially important. Why? Because teaching is about the students and helping them become life-long learners. However, unless you practice this yourself, it is hard to maintain that expectation for your own students. Teaching challenges you in new ways every day and it is critical to keep raising the bar even higher. Learn and grow from your practice and your mistakes. Here are 5 easy steps to becoming a more reflective teacher: 1. Student Feedback I think feedback is always one of…

  • Curriculum,  Technology,  Uncategorized

    10 Must-See TED Talks for Great Middle School Discussions

    Who doesn’t love a good TED Talk? Students engage with these because often times the presentation is something they can relate to. They provoke student discussion. One way to use TED Talks in the classroom is through Socratic Seminar. [I will post a whole article on this soon.] I have scoured the internet and found 10 TED Talks, not only recommended by me, but by other teachers out there. 1. Tavi Gevison: A Teen Just Trying to Figure it Out I found this TED Talk in 2013 when I was teaching in my first middle school classroom. This is a favorite because Tavi is hoping to empower young women and…

  • Schools & Education

    The Pros and Cons for Charter, Public, and Private Schools, Oh My!

    The debate between charter school, public school, or private school seems never ending. There is good reason for this, ultimately, the decision rests on the parent and child. No one can tell you where to send your child for their education. It is, however, one of the most important decisions you will ever make for your kid. In my 9 years of experience, I have taught at two charter schools, two public schools, a private school, and an international private school. I also taught at a religious-based private pre-school. (While I was getting my degree.) I can’t tell you what the right answer is for your family. What I can…

  • Curriculum,  Technology

    7 Interactive Websites for Student Engagement

    Technology, Technology, Technology! This is the buzz word of 21st-century teaching. How does the modern teacher accomplish this feat of integrating technology into the classroom? Using interactive websites for student engagement of course! I’ve put together a great list of websites that can be used in the classroom as a way to fuse student centered learning with technology. The other positive about using some of these websites is that it take the cognitive load off the teacher and centers it on the student. This is another directive I’ve heard many times. Teachers spend a lot of time thinking for the students. You don’t know how many times I’ve observed a…

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