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

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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!

Motivation Monday… Ehhh – Wait… It’s Tuesday!

I'm not going to let my "summer brain" stop me from being highly-motivated this week! "New Teacher" orientation kicks off tomorrow and I couldn't be more excited! I was in Office Max this morning (having some MORE classroom decor printed and laminated) and I noticed they are currently having a huge sale on printing and … Continue reading Motivation Monday… Ehhh – Wait… It’s Tuesday!

My Latest Modge Podge Project: Filing Cabinets Decaupaged with Book Pages

When I walked into my classroom for the first time this year, the first thing I laid my eyes on were the FIVE mismatched (in color and in height) filing cabinets standing against the largest wall in the classroom. I instantly thought, "There is no way that I am going to be able to mask … Continue reading My Latest Modge Podge Project: Filing Cabinets Decaupaged with Book Pages

Just in Case You Were UNAWARE…

It's not my style to use this blog to PROMOTE, PROMOTE, PROMOTE my educational products... but I thought some of you might want to know about this....My best-selling "Back to School" Activity bundle is now 28% OFF the already-reduced price! Yes, you can now grab 4 extremely unique and engaging activities for LESS than 5 … Continue reading Just in Case You Were UNAWARE…

Crafter’s Corner: Vintage and Travel Themed CCSS Standard Posters + “I Can..” Statements

Good morning guys! Seeing that it's "summer vacation", I should be able to say I'm overly rested and itching to tackle my "to do" list - but.... I stayed up WAYYY past my bed time "crafting"! No, I wasn't┬ádecoupaging letters or creating another┬átravel themed bunting - I was actually "digitally crafting"!Last year, I wrote the … Continue reading Crafter’s Corner: Vintage and Travel Themed CCSS Standard Posters + “I Can..” Statements