grammar, language arts, middle school, writing

A Step by Step Way to Assess Grammar in Writing

We English teachers know from multitudes of research, books, peers, administrators, and the general teaching ecosphere that we are supposed to incorporate grammar into students’ writing. However, during our daily grind, this can be difficult. We have certain concepts we’re supposed to cover in our curriculum, certain types of writing students are supposed to produce,… Read More A Step by Step Way to Assess Grammar in Writing

language arts, middle school, standardized testing, teacher, teacher humor

Confessions of a Teacher during Standardized Testing Week

  I spelled my name incorrectly on the Class Identification Sheet. (Obviously, I caught it, though.) Someone left a bag of hard candy in my room, and I took some and ate them. I started reading directions out of a student booklet before catching myself. Every time I ask the students “Does anyone have any… Read More Confessions of a Teacher during Standardized Testing Week

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The Importance of Silence in the Classroom

Here is a music video to play in the background while you read this post: I love the rare moments where the whole class has been working in small groups or partners, and at some point, everyone miraculously ends their sentence at the same time and there is the most beautiful quiet that pervades the room. Everyone… Read More The Importance of Silence in the Classroom