animals, language arts, middle school, motivation, teacher, teacher humor

27 Animal Photos that Explain the Life of a Teacher

Because it’s November and I wanted to look at animal pictures instead of doing anything productive — here is an assortment of photos where I could #relate so hard. 1. Well, I guess I’m reteaching this lesson. 2. …There may be an opportunity for extra credit… 3. I know my pen (pencil/paper/important copies/last piece of… Read More 27 Animal Photos that Explain the Life of a Teacher

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

emergency, english, language arts, middle school, routines, teacher

6 Emergency Drills Schools Really Should Be Doing

It’s every teacher’s favorite event: the emergency drill. Yes, I know it’s for our own good, we all need to know what to do, blah blah blah. It just never seems to happen at a good time. (In all fairness, though, there probably is never a good time.) However, there are a number of situations that… Read More 6 Emergency Drills Schools Really Should Be Doing

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, english, language arts, middle school, school supplies, teacher

5 Fun School Supplies for an ELA Classroom

Ok, so this time of the year, teachers have a lot going on — classrooms to set up, lessons to plan, new students to meet — but let’s not forget one of the very best things about the beginning of the school year, and really, in all of teaching: School supplies. From my very first… Read More 5 Fun School Supplies for an ELA Classroom

english, language arts, middle school, motivation, routines, teacher

7 Routines for the Middle School Classroom

Routines are what makes a teacher’s world go ’round. I know they’re not going to set the world on fire, but maybe it’s like putting the world up to a nice, scented candle that permeates the room and makes everything smell cozy and safe. In my previous post, I detailed the routines in my household… Read More 7 Routines for the Middle School Classroom

language arts, middle school, mom, routines, teacher, wife

14 Weekend and Nightly Routines of a TeacherMomWife

Since I teach full-time, have three young kids, and am the wife of a high school soccer coach, people are always saying to me “How do you do it?” or “You must have your hands full,” or “How do you have any free time?” I usually reply with, “I don’t know” or “You do what… Read More 14 Weekend and Nightly Routines of a TeacherMomWife