holocaust, language arts, middle school

Teaching about the Holocaust in Middle School

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” ― Mahatma Gandhi When I was in 8th grade, I remember reading The Diary of Anne Frank, the words of a girl just about my age changing… Read More Teaching about the Holocaust in Middle School

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

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

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

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