Okay, here’s the thing. Ice breakers can be awesome…but when you’re teaching a middle/high school classroom, the last thing you want to do is be:
So if you’re looking for something different, if you’re hoping to grab your students’ attention in a way that’s fun, but still relevant to the classroom, and if you’re plain out of ideas, here’s some great suggestions from Laura Randazzo, a secondary teacher who created this fun activity for her first days. Continue reading
I stumbled across this adorable video the other night. It’s by a young boy who (in the cutest little voice) lists 20 things we all need to say more often, from serious to funny, and all super important.
Today’s (and this week’s) Book Club topic is making connections, specifically making a Text-to-Self connection. To help my students understand this, I created a presentation and notes sheet. Continue reading
The focus of my sixth grade classes is narrative writing: short stories about the student’s own lives. To help with the structure of writing a short story, we explained a hamburger model of writing–the buns are the topic and concluding sentences, the meat is the essential components of the story, and the condiments are the supporting details, evidence, and sensory details! Continue reading
This was a super fun activity that FCMS participated in during their Dugout time–a human-sized, human-version of Hungry Hungry Hippos! Continue reading
I stepped into this placement at Forest City Middle School while my eighth grade students were in the middle/end of reading Hunger Games. This was a difficult spot to enter, but I squeezed myself into the lessons by reading aloud to the students and helping with scaffolded notes. Continue reading
Illegal Immigration: This is a huge, controversial topic that I find is often overlooked. Continue reading