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Responding to Literature

Assigning independent reading seems to be one of the most controversial aspects of teaching English. Almost daily I see teachers asking about how much time to give for in-class reading and how to keep students accountable while they read. If you have read either of...
Professional Books to Read Again

Professional Books to Read Again

So many books, so little time. This is my mantra. It is very rare for me to read a book more than once unless of course, I’m using that book in class and then it’s likely I’ve read it 10 times. When it comes to professional books with teaching ideas and strategies I...

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Turn “I hate reading” into “I love reading”

Turn “I hate reading” into “I love reading”

Reading might be one of my favorite past times, but it's not often a favorite activity for my students. At the start of every school year I hear at least one, but usually, many more than that, say, "I hate to read." They like to really reiterate their point with...

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Secrets of an Effective Command Center

Secrets of an Effective Command Center

Keep it simple. That’s the big secret. Don’t build a command center that does everything or holds everything. It will become one more place that causes you to feel overwhelmed. Keep it simple with a monthly schedule, mail and paper collectors, and weekly meals. ...

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Why teachers need Google Certification

Why teachers need Google Certification

Google has revolutionized the way I teach and I have never looked back. With technology like Google, you are able to save time and transform your teaching practices. But why get Google certified? To learn and teach. Being Google certified will help you have the skills...

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Why you need a classroom coffee bar

Why you need a classroom coffee bar

Teachers love their coffee. Moms live for their coffee. Oh to drink a steaming mug of freshly brewed coffee. Unless it’s a long weekend, or maybe a snow day, a hot cup of coffee is rarely what teachers or moms get to drink. This is the number one reason why every...

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6 Test prep ideas to use in your classroom

6 Test prep ideas to use in your classroom

State testing season is officially upon us. A time of year that every teacher would prefer to be eliminated from the calendar, but the reality is that it's part of our job. I’m going to tell you what I tell my students: this is not a defining moment. Sure, these tests...

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