• 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…

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    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…

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