assessments, language arts, middle school, reading

15 Creative Reading Assessments for Middle and High School Students

I was trying to compile a list of options for my students to use so I can assess their independent reading (and also what we’re reading in class), and I thought, “Hey! I can turn this into a blog post!” Booyah. (I have been told by my super-hip students that this slang word is incredibly… Read More 15 Creative Reading Assessments for Middle and High School Students

english, language arts, music, parodies, reading, teacher

4 Popular Songs/Language Arts Parodies to Use in Your Middle School Classroom (And Get Your Students Moving!)

Like many teachers, I haven’t always taught the grade level and content area I do now. Back when I started teaching, I was a music teacher. Overall, I’m very happy with my switch to 8th grade language arts, but pretty frequently, the music teacher in me will randomly sing, pull out my guitar named “Esteban,”… Read More 4 Popular Songs/Language Arts Parodies to Use in Your Middle School Classroom (And Get Your Students Moving!)

back to school, english, language arts, middle school, reading, routines, small groups, teacher

8 Things to Do During the First Days of School

Tomorrow is my first day of school, and even though I’m going into my eleventh year of teaching, I still get that nervous/excited feeling, or, as I looked up in Urban Dictionary, nervousited. Many people talk about getting butterflies in their stomach, but for me it’s in my throat. And it’s not butterflies, it’s like… Read More 8 Things to Do During the First Days of School

back to school, collaborative learning, language arts, middle school, reading, routines, small groups

How to Have Small Groups in a Middle School Classroom

The benefits of collaborative learning, or working in small groups, have been proven in many studies, but teachers may still feel a bit lost as to how to successfully implement this type of learning in their own classroom, especially at the middle school and secondary levels. Some concerns might be that behavior or noise levels… Read More How to Have Small Groups in a Middle School Classroom

english, language arts, middle school, reading, teacher

4 Ways to Appeal to a Middle Schooler’s Inner Child (And Help Them Learn!)

In a lot of ways, it might seem that middle schoolers, especially on the 6th grade end, are still little kids. But as they approach 8th grade and then head off to high school, they have many of the capabilities of an adult (and they’ll make sure you know it, too!). However, that doesn’t mean… Read More 4 Ways to Appeal to a Middle Schooler’s Inner Child (And Help Them Learn!)

english, failure, reading, summer, teacher, Uncategorized

8 Books for a Teacher’s Summer Reading List

I have historically fallen into the trap of thinking I’m going to get So Much Done during the summer months. Here are examples of my overly ambitious plans over the years (and what actually happens): Organize all the closets in the house (throw summer items onto the winter items) Have enriching activities for my children… Read More 8 Books for a Teacher’s Summer Reading List