Gretchen Taylor’s overscheduled middle school students have almost no time for reading outside the classroom. She finds that some reflective inquiry helps them build reading habits at home.
Gretchen Taylor has a common teacher's lament about spelling, so she decides to do something about it. This is the first installment in a two-part series.
Christy Rush-Levine uses striking texts that inspire multiple readings by her middle school students.
Propaganda, word clouds, and close reading engage students in Holly Mueller’s sixth-grade class.
Shari Frost asks a provocative question: Can books harm children? She explores practical ways for teachers to walk the fine line between support and censorship in matching books to students.
Jennifer Schwanke has a student who just won't sit still and behave appropriately in her middle school classroom. She finally gives up. That's where the learning begins.
Ruth Ayres has tips for organizing desks, tables, chairs, and materials to support literacy learning.
If you find yourself buried in student work that needs a response, you’ll enjoy suggestions from Bill Bass for using a nifty new online tool.
Christy Rush-Levine introduces her middle school students to the complexity of reading on the first day of school.
Justin Stygles uses the 30 Books in 30 Days project to introduce his sixth graders to a wide variety of authors and genres.
Gretchen Taylor finds giving up television enables her to reconsider many habitual behaviors.
Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller close out the year with their final literacy contracts. It’s time for students to take ownership of their learning, so they select the themes.
Shari Frost has a suggestion for what shouldn’t be on classroom walls: student assessment scores. She explains why this practice can be harmful to students.
Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller choose a theme of discovery for their April literacy contracts.
Bill Bass gives advice and provides resources for creating video with high school students.
This month’s literacy contract for middle school students focuses on nonfiction texts and growing independence in the classroom.
Heather Rader has strategies for using sentence combining in literacy workshops.
Ruth Shagoury shares her top picks of mystery series for teens and tweens.
Heather Rader begins a new series on sentence combining, an alternative to traditional drill and kill grammar instruction.
Gretchen Taylor taps into a cultural phenomenon with her seventh-grade writers to help them deepen their writing and reflection.
Katie Baydo-Reed lays down the law for her eighth graders about capitalization and the use of periods, with excellent and hilarious results. This piece will make you laugh out loud at the gaps between the ways teachers and teenagers think.
Jennifer Schwanke helps middle school students make connections between classics and their current reading.
Jeff Anderson concludes his series on explanatory grammar moves by exploring participles, included in the Common Core eighth-grade standard covering the use of verbals.
Katie Doherty has design tips for creating cozy reading spaces in middle school classrooms where there is no space or budget for a whole-class rug area.
Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller focus their February Literacy Contracts on dystopias.
Gretchen Taylor finds streamlining research check-ins in her middle school classroom is easy to do when she uses a simple online tool to eliminate a mountain of paper.
Ruth Ayres has advice for moving forward, staying positive, and focusing on what’s important.
Middle school teachers Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller focus on journeys and quests as the theme of their January Literacy Contracts in the latest installment of their year-long series.
Gretchen Taylor finds the three little words “tell me more” provide breakthroughs in helping her middle school students respond to reading.
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