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6 Recommendations for Independent Reading in the Middle School Classroom

  First, a love letter to reading: Dear Reading, I have always been in love with you. Ever since I was little, I loved everything that had to do with you — looking at colorful covers, opening brand-new books for the first time, cuddling under the covers, rereading pages over and over, going to the… Read More 6 Recommendations for Independent Reading in the Middle School Classroom

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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

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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