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.
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.
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.
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.
Katie Doherty explains how reading gutters, an inexpensive design feature, dress up her middle school classroom and build community at the same time.
Gretchen Taylor finds the three little words “tell me more” provide breakthroughs in helping her middle school students respond to reading.
Jeff Anderson continues his Explanatory Grammar Series with a feature on the power of right-branching sentences.
Middle school teachers Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller focus on winter in short texts as the theme of their December Literacy Contracts in the latest installment of their year-long series.
Ruth Ayres explains how deciding the purpose of conferring in advance can lead to more powerful conferences.
The November installment of Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller’s yearlong literacy contract series has a theme of family and memoir.
Jeff Anderson explores the difference between informational and explanatory writing, and what that might mean for teaching craft moves to students.
Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller continue their monthly series on using literacy contracts in middle school. The October literacy contracts have a theme of fear and conflict.
Julie Johnson provides helpful tips and a letter for parents to help keep students safe on the Internet.
Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller are Emphasizing Empathy in their September literacy contracts for middle school students.
Maggie Beattie Roberts and Kate Roberts present a step-by-step process for close reading in the middle and high school grades involving multiple passes through the same text.
Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller present Reading Contracts, a system for middle and high school teachers that involves students contracting to complete specific texts and tasks each month.
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