This is a website created by me, a certified (grades 6-12) middle school Language Arts teacher and M.Ed. dedicated to helping you teach awesome lessons each day of the school year while still having a life outside the classroom for both yourself and for your family (so you, too, can go hiking in flip-flops).
I’ve spent the last 15 years teaching English / Language Arts to grades 6-12. Working my way backwards, the first nine years were spent at the high school level teaching AP British Literature to where I am now, several years into 6th grade English Language Arts.
As author and creator of www.languageartsteachers.com, I am dedicated to helping other ELA teachers provide solid, creative, and rigorous instruction for their students while saving time and leaving work at work. I’m an avid proponent of teaching high-quality, engaging lessons but then wiping your hands clean each day and going home to your family and your other duties at a reasonable time. This should be the norm, not the exception.
Here at languageartsteachers.com, we provide weekly and monthly lesson plans (aligned to both Texas TEKS and to the Common Core State Standards) that you can download and use in your classroom all throughout the school year. Therefore, through my website, writing, and unit planning, I work to serve Language Arts teachers.
Why did I decide to start this kind of service with sooo many other teacher lesson plan options out there?
That’s easy: No matter how many cute little bundles of lesson goodies I downloaded or how many hours I spent scouring the Internet for that perfect lesson, it never really solved my problem of finding the time to piece it all together.
What I mean is, if I downloaded a super-cute poetry lesson, it ended up being either too challenging, too easy, or too long or too short and even then I still had to look up the standards, figure out what to teach before and after, and on and on. I typically ended up having to create a PowerPoint to introduce the topic, search for a supporting video to engage students, figure out a little exit ticket…
So you see, I just wanted one place online where I could go and have it all done:
And I wanted it to flow from one day to the next in a way that made sense for me and for my students.
So that’s what I set out to create. I wanted to make it super-accessible to me, to my coworkers, to my friends, and now to YOU and to every other 6th Grade ELA teacher out there.
I wanted to be able to enjoy my weekends and walk in Monday morning knowing that all I had to do was boot up my computer, print a couple of handouts, get the PowerPoint going… and I wanted to know that it was all strategically planned out with intention and with rigor and that it would be awesome each day for my kids.
In addition to regularly-released new and updated lesson plans all throughout the year, I want the members of this site to receive a supportive community where they can talk about specific problems and get help with the typical issues that arise out of teaching.
Also, I want a place where members can basically say, “Hey, I love the month of the Persuasive Language unit, but I’d like to see a group project to finish it out. Can we get one developed for us?” Sure! I’ll develop that for my members! (Members-only community coming soon!)