As teachers, we’ve all been there before. We’ve started our class, and things seem to be going great. Our students are engaged and interested. Our lesson is working out better than anticipated. And even the classroom discussion is a thing for the record books. You are even thinking that this could be the best lesson and classroom discussion ever, or, at least for this school year. Then it happens... A girl toward the middle of the room raises her had. You call on her thinking that she is going to contribute to this exceptional classroom discussion; the students think the same thing, and all eyes are on her. Meekly, she says, “May I use the restroom?” And with just those five words, the momentum of the discussion is gone, the classroom is silent, and the students are distracted. This used to happen to me all of the time. Passing period is when students are supposed to use the restroom. They are given a set amount of time to go from one class to ...
Spring Break is here! Let’s all jump for joy, shout from the rooftops, and crash in our beds and SLEEP IN! Here is a list of 5 things every teacher should do over Spring Break. 5. Read a Book: Don’t read anything for school. Read something for YOU! Whether it is a guilty pleasure book or a favorite classic, we should enjoy the moment. I plan on rereading Mocking Jay. I can’t wait for the second movie! 4. Try Something New: As teachers our days are so scheduled. Wake up at this time, leave at this time, classes start now, and then it’s 25 minutes for lunch….rinse and repeat. Spring Break is a break from that routine. Try a new hobby, new restaurant, new recipe, or new cocktail. I plan to try some new techniques with my photography. 3. Sleep in: I’m not sure about you, but I have to be out of the door by 6:20 a.m. in order to make it to school on time. That means a wake up call at 5:30 a.m. on days I don’t go to the gym, and 4:30 a.m. on days that I do go ...
Today is National Grammar Day. As English teachers, grammar is something that is always on our minds. We think about grammar as we create lesson plans and as we grade our students' essays. We think about it as we casually surf the Internet, and we think about it as we see typos and errors on billboards and grocery store circulars. Correct grammar and language usage comes easily for some people. It is something that probably comes easily to most English teachers. IFor us, it's almost like second nature to use the correct verb form and  make subjects and verbs agree. However, for some, grammar doesn't come as easily. This is something I've come to see in my own students -especially my ESL students. These are the students who really struggle in my class. They don't struggle because they aren't trying or don't care . They struggle because they lack the necessary language skills and background knowledge. The most important thing to remember about these s...