Jillian Heise uses the lowly paint-chip board to inspire poetry in her middle school students.
Bill Bass has advice for teaching web-based search skills to students.
Erin Ocon compiles a list of the ways she publishes writing of her teen students.
If your goal is to get teens more excited about independent reading, Gretchen Schroeder has suggestions to help.
Katie Doherty helps students make choices for independent reading.
Beth Honeycutt and Rita Schaeffer introduce a reading and writing activity to their eighth-grade students designed to help them understand philanthropy, using a video to enhance the lesson.
Kim Campbell has suggestions for ways teachers can help introverts have more say in literacy workshops.
Kim Campbell shares her favorite nonfiction short texts to use with adolescents.
Some of our students lead such hard lives. Christy Rush-Levine explores how teachers can keep from being dragged into the undertow of the most difficult situations children face.
Gretchen Taylor concludes her two-part series on spelling instruction in middle school. In this installment, Gretchen visits a colleague in the primary grades to get advice and practical insight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Katie Baydo-Reed confers with an eighth-grade student moving between fiction and nonfiction texts, and gives advice about which books are appropriate for home reading.
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.
Is there room for fiction writing in middle schools in the age of the Common Core? Katie Baydo-Reed shares eight compelling reasons why fiction writing is still essential in her eighth-grade 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.
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