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After 10+ years teaching writing, you can bet we've made plenty of mistakes! We wanted to share with you some of those mistakes, along with strategies that you can use to easily fix them. These tactics took us years to learn and refine, but you can take these lessons and immediately apply them as you work to improve your writing curriculum.
The way we begin our mornings really sets a tone for the rest of the day. During my first few years of teaching, I didn't realize how...
One of my favorite things to do before we begin a novel is have students make predictions about what the text will be about. I do this fo...
Getting your classroom ready before the new school year starts can be stressful (and sometimes expensive!), but it doesn't have to be...
Adding a “Boot Camp” to our lesson plans for the week before a literary analysis unit was a serious game changer. We wanted our student...
There are few things that I love more about decorating my classroom than putting together my classroom library. This year I finally got m...
We must admit, it took us quite some time to discover a method to pass back and collect papers that worked seamlessly, efficiently, and...
To help our students get the most out of our Language Arts bell ringer work / warm ups / “do now” assignments and ensure rigor, we have f...
I'm not sure why I hadn't discovered this before, but if you are a Google Classroom school, you should absolutely use Google Classro...
Today, I thought I'd share another one of my favorite poetry activities (if you haven't read this blog post yet, make sure to chec...
This post is from the 2014-2015 school year! My classroom design style has definitely changed, but I still love the way this classroom was ...