How is it possible that the year has already come to an end? In the past couple of days, I’ve written about my favorite reads of 2018 , teaching materials I’ve created , and blog posts I wrote . In the spirit of the New Year, here’s a countdown of my favorite teaching supplies of 2018! This post contains affiliate links. While the links have no direct impact on you, I may receive a small kickback for sharing these resources and links with you. 10. Glass magnets for the whiteboard I absolutely love these magnets. They are super cute, colorful, and useful. I keep some of these in my desk and near my whiteboard so that I can easily affix papers (mainly, papers that students leave behind) onto my whiteboard. 9. Teacher Created Resources Management Binder Clips These binder clips help keep me organized. Seriously, I have several sets of these for the various class periods that I teach. 8. 3-Tier Utility Cart A little bit of organization and extra space is always a g...
The end of the calendar year is a time to reflect and a time to grow. As I look back at 2018, I’m thinking about my best teaching practices and how I can improve for 2019. In the past couple of days, I’ve shared my favorite books of 2018 and my favorite new teaching resources of 2018 . Today, I am sharing my favorite blog posts of 2018. Writing a Class Collaborative Precis In this blog post, I discuss how I organized a whole-class collaborative writing assignment. I used the collaborative precis as an example assignment before moving on to individual writing assignments. Get Students Moving in the Classroom We all need breaks every once-in-a-while. Here are eight ways that you can help your students in the classroom by getting them moving! Assigning a One-Pager as a Culminating Project The one-pager is a great way to assess student learning. In this blog post, I explain how I used this assignment as a culminating project for a novel, and I also offer you a free Google ...
With the new calendar year upon us, it’s time to think about improving ourselves, improving our teaching practices, and improving the teaching materials we use in our classroom. I like to take this time to reflect on the teaching resources that I’ve created. I like to reflect on my favorite resources, and always strive to create better, more thorough, robust, and engaging materials that teachers can use in their classrooms. Here’s a look at my favorite 10 secondary ELA resources I created and published in 2018. Literature Response Task Cards My favorite thing about this resource is its versatility and usability. Since I created this resource, I’ve already used it in my classroom several different times, each time with a different novel. The reason why this resource is so versatile is that there are two different sets of cards in this resource (one for pre-reading and one for during/after reading) that can be used with any piece of fiction. Editable Writing Rubric Bundle for ...
With the New Year right around the corner, I am counting down 2018 with some of my favorite things from the year. Today’s 2018 countdown is all about my favorite books I read this year. This post contains affiliate links which means while they do not affect you in any way, I may receive a small kickback. Dear Evan Hansen One thing I love is musical theatre, and I love the soundtrack to Dear Evan Hansen. So naturally, when a novel adaptation of the story came out, I purchased it. I enjoyed this novel, especially because it is one that helps me connect with and relate to my students. This book contains mature topics. Dear Martin This is a book that I wish all schools could use as either required reading or a book club reading. Like Dear Evan Hansen , this is another novel that deals with teenage coming of age issues. However, the main character, Justyce, deals with growing up as a black teenager in modern-day America. This is a book to suggest to your reluctant readers....