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

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

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!)

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5 Steps for Dealing with All the Information at the Beginning of the School Year

We’re nearing that special time of year when teachers must cram as much information as possible into their heads, along with setting up classrooms, along with planning for the first week of school, along with meeting students, along with memorizing their names, along with ALL THE THINGS EVER. And that’s if you’re coming back to… Read More 5 Steps for Dealing with All the Information at the Beginning of the School Year