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Hundreds of great teaching tips, lessons, and inspiration from my classroom to yours. Browse the archive page to find something you can use in your teaching practice or scroll down to see all of the posts. [Keep Reading]

The Night Before the First Day of School

September 2, 2019

Here’s an excerpt from “Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo. I thought it was fitting to share on this, the last day of summer vacation. It is written from the perspective of a teenage girl. I will be blogging about this verse novel [Keep Reading]

Build Vocabulary by Reading an Article a Day

June 25, 2019

I love when I get great teaching ideas from whatever is I am reading in my spare time. This one comes courtesy of Alan Gelb from his book, The Seven Steps to Confident Writing. I think I will make this a daily homework assignment next year. I very [Keep Reading]

Teachers Should Dress Professionally

June 11, 2019

We are Teachers is a Twitter account that “offer ideas, inspiration, and information for your best days—and double that for your hard ones. Supporting kids means supporting educators, always.” A few days ago, they posed a question to [Keep Reading]

There is More Than One Profound Truth

June 4, 2019

“The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.” ― Niels Bohr Neil Postman helps break down this thought. He writes, “It is better to have access to more [Keep Reading]

Get Your Students To Unbelieve

May 28, 2019

Psychologist Kevin Dutton has coined a term for something I am sure you have seen at some point in your career as educator. Have you ever had a student, or group of students, actively resist your attempts to teach them? Do they seem to completely [Keep Reading]

Annoying Your Students is Ideal

May 21, 2019

“I annoy my students on a number of levels. I don’t praise them enough: I’m always being critical, finding fault in their work. I make them commit to a writing project—choose the subject of their essays—almost immediately. I don’t [Keep Reading]

The Value of Boredom

May 14, 2019

I was supply teaching in a classroom a few weeks back that had a brilliant display on the wall about the English language. It was chopped full of useful information for students. I found myself wondering how often this display gets used. I know that [Keep Reading]

We All Need Unplugged Alone Time

April 23, 2019

For some of us, it is difficult to truly be alone with our thoughts. We are constantly bombarded with all sorts of stimuli. If we have a spare moment, we often fill it by turning to our smart phones. It has gotten to the point that many of us simply [Keep Reading]

The Key to Getting Student Engagement

April 16, 2019

There are countless books on the market aimed at teachers. However, some of the best teaching advice comes from books aimed at business professionals, coaches, and even hostage negotiators. In his book, Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if [Keep Reading]

Great Classroom Displays

April 9, 2019

As a supply teacher, I get to see a lot of different classrooms. Here are some of the best displays I have come across is the past few weeks. I like the use of colour here. It guides students on how to do a literary analysis. This poster on [Keep Reading]
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