October is right around the corner, so it's time to start thinking about incorporating the fun elements of this month into our English classrooms! Middle schoolers love spooky stories and while many of them have outgrown trick-or-treating, most still want to partake in Halloween festivities. Here's some ideas to bring the fun of October to… Continue reading Fun Ideas for Halloween Lessons, Activities, and Readings in the Middle School ELA Classroom
Teachers Pay Teachers has become a go-to source of unique, teacher-created lessons for many teachers. I made my first purchase when my maternity leave was looming large and I didn't have anything ready for my sub. I bought a unit bundle for $25 and it was well worth it. I did not have the energy… Continue reading Starting a TpT Store: Is It Worth It?
What is teaching in context vs. teaching in isolation? Specifically, this question often comes up in the realm of grammar, but it applies to several areas of Language Arts. When teaching a skill in context, it means that skill is attached to a larger reading. If you're reading The Giver, for example, you would find… Continue reading Teaching in Context for the Middle and High School Language Arts Classroom
Bell Ringers, Bell Work, Warm-Ups, Do Nows- or whatever you want to call them- can make a huge impact on your overall classroom dynamic. The beginning and end of class can be the toughest part of any day in the classroom, especially in middle school! The minutes just before and after the bell rings to… Continue reading Why You Should Be Using Bell Ringers in Your Middle School Classroom