Here is a short list of resources that you may not have even thought of. Continue reading
Earth Day! I love this day for the special recognition and attention we give Mother Earth. Far too often we are distracted and take nature for granted; April 22nd is an important day, for teachers and students alike, to set aside time to learn about our world and how we can create more sustainable, supportive habits. Continue reading
Veterans Day is right around the corner and there’s no better way to teach about the day than with some interactive reading and comprehension based articles. Continue reading
As a secondary English teacher, mental health is a huge issue I’ve faced, both in and out of the classroom. I’ve also seen this in my personal life, with friends, siblings of friends, and people I’ve encountered who have battled depression and other mental illnesses.
These illnesses are disabling, their crippling, and they make a huge impact on the way we learn and approach the world.
That’s why awareness, understanding, and compassion are THE most important ways, as teachers, we can connect with our struggling students. Continue reading
Today’s focus for Book Club is on the book, Sarah Plain and Tall, which is an easy read I selected to read with my students during the M-Th 30 minute class sessions. Continue reading
“Hey, can I talk to you for a minute?” I pulled one of my Book Club students aside after class. He had been dozing on and off the entire thirty minutes (yes, Book Club is only thirty minutes) and I wanted to see what was up. “Look,” I said, “I know you’re tired, but it hurts my feelings when you fall asleep during my class. What if you were telling me a story about your weekend and I closed my eyes and started snoring. How would you feel?” Continue reading
As an English/Reading teacher, I love love love finding awesome websites for students to play around with when they’re done working on a class assignment, when there’s a few minutes left of the period, or when they are looking for something fun and relevant to their age to read! Here are a list of a few websites that you just have to check out and point your students towards! Continue reading
This summer I’m working with a seventh-grade girl on her reading, comprehension, literacy, and spelling.
One of the first things I noticed about her was her energy! She was excited to be there with me, and I could tell she loved reading, she was just struggling. Continue reading
Today’s lesson with our ten-year-old boy went really well. One of my co-teachers designed it around the theme of animals. When our student first got to the session, he gave us each a Laffy Taffy—this helped to be an intro activity just because we read each of the jokes together and had a short break before getting started. Continue reading