The value of picture books with older students is often questioned. Ruth Ayres assembled this field experience to allow insight into the depth and power of picture books for older students.
Gretchen Taylor helps her middle school students analyze their needs as readers and set benchmarks for growth.
Erin Ocon discovers Worldwide Cinderella stories are a wonderful tool for building community and cultural awareness in her 7th grade classroom and with English language learners. Erin describes how she uses a range of Cinderella picture books with students, and provides an extensive booklist for expanding your library.
In this video quick take, Katie Doherty explains why she finds a timer helpful in her middle school writing workshop.
Karen Terlecky details the assessments and preparation that goes into the design of her sentence observation program.
Katie Doherty finds poetry is a powerful tool for helping her middle school students understand the value of schema while reading.
“Why read?” This is the question asked every spring in Erin Ocon’s middle school classroom, and in the process of answering it, she and her students rediscover a lot of what they’ve learned together throughout the year.
Katie Doherty demonstrates for her middle school students how quotes can lift the quality of writing, using student and literary examples in this 11-minute video.
Ann Marie Corgill takes a big risk and pairs her middle-school students randomly for a nonfiction writing project, and finds the risk pays off.
Heather Rader considers the cultural divide between teachers and students who are “screenagers” when it comes to texting. If u r getting LOLed out in ur classroom u might want 2 read this.
Robin Heist is an elementary teacher looking for books for her older English language learners who are reading below grade-level expectations.
If you're overwhelmed with the slew of new technology tools coming out all the time (and who isn't?), you might appreciate Scott Sibberson's Top 10 Tech Tools for Teachers. You are probably using some of the tools daily, and may discover a few new ones too.
Think you don’t have enough time for reader’s workshop in your classroom? Worried that you don’t have enough books to go around? Feel like you just don’t have the space for it? What if you had students, but no classroom, no books, and no set class times? Ellie Gilbert faced down all these challenges in her nontraditional high school reading workshop.
Choice Literacy readers share their favorite gifts for students to make and take home at the end of the year.
What teenager doesn't enjoy critiquing everything in the world? Erin Ocon puts that judgmental passion to good use in her classroom with a book review assignment.
Choice Literacy readers share more of their favorite end-of-year gifts for students to make and take home.
Choice Literacy readers share their favorite end-of-year activities that circle back to events from the start of the school year.
The care and use of the lowly pencil in classrooms says a lot about what we value and our relationships with students.
Choice Literacy readers share their favorite read alouds for the start of the year.
There's so much to do during the first weeks of school, but it's important not to skip the most important thing – building a sense of community with your students.
Want to get your middle school students’ attention on the first day of school? Read a book about how to ruin it for them.
Erin Ocon and her middle-school students observe some political activists passing out pamphlets outside the building for a few moments. Voila – the pamphlet project is born.Â Pamphlets are the perfect genre for teaching persuasion and summary, two key skills highlighted in the Common Core.
Erin Ocon finds pamphlets are a terrific format for teaching her middle-school students persuasive writing and summary skills. In this essay she explains how to use pamphlets for book recommendations. This is the second installment in a two-part series.
Something bad was happening in Katie Doherty’s middle school classroom—it was time to rebuild the class community with a reality check.
Choice Literacy readers share some of their favorite read alouds for the last days of school.
Are your students getting bored with vocabulary routines? Katie Doherty invents a quick and fun game, Vocabrity, to help her middle school students learn words.
How does sarcasm hurt students? Heather Rader counts the ways.
How can we help students be more reflective in our classrooms, giving us the feedback we need to make them better places for learning? Heather Rader has suggestions.
First-year teacher Erin Ocon finds an old-fashioned way to build rapport with some of her struggling middle school students – she writes letters to them. This brief article would be a good reading for a middle school team meeting or new teacher group.
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