Close Reading, Annotating, Text Evidence

Close Reading Skills & Annotating Stop the excessive underlining and highlighting! Close reading skills don’t happen by accident— it’s a skill set that, when implemented effectively, […]

How to Get Kids to Take Ownership during PBL

  Project Based Learning (PBL) Helping Students Take Ownership of Their Learning Ok, let’s be real here:  Anytime you give 12 year-olds a project and then […]

5 Things to Say When They Want Your Time!

NOW what are they wanting me to do?  Ok, so it’s easy to get caught off-guard when someone asks or tells you to help with yet […]

Writing Activities Kids Need (Easy to Grade)!

 Hint: Holistic Grading is the best thing since sliced bread. The cross that we bear as Language Arts teachers is all the freakin’ writing we have […]

Using Pinterest for Thinking and Writing

I don’t know if you can really do this every day… It definitely depends on how much class time you have. It’s more important to just do […]