Classroom Website: ONE TWEAK that CHANGED My Year…

Over the past years, I’ve increased my “classroom website” presence… and USE! My classroom is currently a 1:1 classroom, which means I have a laptop for every student. This has been a blessing in many ways… but has also provided it’s fair share of teacher AND student frustrations! Anyhoo… This summer I decided to make … Continue reading Classroom Website: ONE TWEAK that CHANGED My Year…

Increase Rigor and Engagement: Top 2 Task Card Strategies for the Middle School Classroom

If you haven't heard... content-related task cards are "all the rage" in education right now, all the way from Kinder to Upper Secondary. I was skeptical of their function and effectiveness a few years ago (when I first stumbled upon a set on a respected teacher's blog), but since then, I've created, tested and improved … Continue reading Increase Rigor and Engagement: Top 2 Task Card Strategies for the Middle School Classroom

Christmas Has Come! Well… in my classroom at least!

I've spent a few days creating a handful of "Christmas" activities that I'm going to incorporate into my . curriculum as we approach Winter Break. Check them out and let me know what you think: Christmas Activity: Creative Writing Journal Prompts Freebie: Digital Christmas Activity: Personal Experiences & Real-World ConnectionsChristmas Writing Prompts_

Dystopian Resource Round Up: Lessons, Texts and Other Resources for the classroom!

Since I'm not teaching my usual Dystopian Literature unit this year (in my 8th grade English Language Arts class), I thought I would take a few moments to share all the things that I've created and found throughout the years of developing my all-time favorite unit of the year!! Introduction to Dystopia I was skeptical … Continue reading Dystopian Resource Round Up: Lessons, Texts and Other Resources for the classroom!

SBAC State Testing: Test Prep for my 8th Graders

As teachers, we're reminded every day that "testing season" is upon us - whether we want to be believe it, embrace it or deny it 🙂 Last year, teachers provided feedback on a few of my favorite test-prep activities for middle school and here is what they had to say: 1. ELA Common Core Task … Continue reading SBAC State Testing: Test Prep for my 8th Graders

What do teachers want to see? | Creating TPT Product Covers

I am fortunate to have created many resources that have helped teachers much like myself in their classrooms. I've done this by uploading my original lesson plans and activities to my TPT store for other educators to purchase or download for free! I would have NEVER imagined that I could sell many of my best … Continue reading What do teachers want to see? | Creating TPT Product Covers

Save 28% on ALL Middle and High School Classroom Resources | TPT SALE

The time has come..... IT'S TIME TO SAVE $$$ on my best-selling classroom resources! It's the Back-to-School TPT sell - which is the BEST time to load up on all the lesson plans and classroom resources you need to make this next school year the best one yet!!! By far, the best-valued resource available in … Continue reading Save 28% on ALL Middle and High School Classroom Resources | TPT SALE

8th Grade Pre-Reading Activities | The Giver | The Monkey’s Paw | FUN

I am so excited that I am returning to middle school and have the opportunity to teach 8th grade English (and History!) again! One of the most memorable lessons I have taught throughout my career was my pre-reading activity that introduced the novel "The Giver" to my 8th grade students. It happened to be a … Continue reading 8th Grade Pre-Reading Activities | The Giver | The Monkey’s Paw | FUN

New Year – New “Daily Starter” System | Warm Ups | Bell Ringers |

This is my sixth year teaching English (at some grade level) and I have YET to successfully implement daily starters in my English class throughout the year. I always start strong - but then the inevitable happens.... I wake up unorganized and it's all I can do to get my head on and lesson plan … Continue reading New Year – New “Daily Starter” System | Warm Ups | Bell Ringers |

I’m BACK!

Last school year (15-16) was a whirlwind for me! Not only did I take over a high school AVID program as the coordinator and AVID elective teacher, but I also managed to run the Peer Counseling program and teach a section of English 9. It was so busy that I didn't even realize that I … Continue reading I’m BACK!