• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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