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

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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

language arts, middle school, oregon trail

5 Ways the Oregon Trail Can Apply to Teaching

I am technically a millennial. There. I said it. It seems like that’s something to be ashamed of nowadays. All the stereotypes about millennials make me cringe — like how we’re fragile little bubble-wrapped babies who think the world revolves around us and are bringing down the economy with our organic frou-frou tastes. I used… Read More 5 Ways the Oregon Trail Can Apply to Teaching