Coronavirus + Distance Learning = YouTube Live Experiment 👍👍

I can't even begin to express how much I miss my students and classroom (and all things school) due the Coronavirus. Our last day of school was March 13, 2020 and since then we have been instructed to transition to this "distance learning" to continue providing educational experiences for the hundreds of students that we … Continue reading Coronavirus + Distance Learning = YouTube Live Experiment 👍👍

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 |

Tired of Teaching “Elements of Plot”? A New, Fun Approach!

Are you tired of beginning each school year with the same ol' "Elements of Plot" lesson? The initial vocabulary and concepts related to "Plot" can be kind of "dry" and "boring", especially if you're a student in grades 7th-10th! You know what I'm talking about because we've all been there 😉 I took some time … Continue reading Tired of Teaching “Elements of Plot”? A New, Fun Approach!