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#2ndaryELA Twitter Chat on Tuesday 5/24 Topic: Recharging the Teacher

On Tuesday, May 24, our #2ndaryELA chat will focus on recharging the teacher.

Brynn Allison, The Literary Maven & Kristy, 2 Peas and a Dog are hosting #2ndaryELA on Twitter every Tuesday evening from 8 - 8:30 PM EST. #2ndaryELA is a weekly chat for secondary English Language Arts teachers focused on a topic. Every Sunday, we will post the topic and questions on our blogs to allow you to prepare for the upcoming Tuesday evening's chat. Thank you to everyone who joined us last week and we hope that you will join us again.

New in 2016 is our 2ndaryELA Facebook group, which we would love to have you join even if you aren't on Twitter. 2ndaryELA is a group of middle and high school English Language Arts teachers looking to share ideas and best practices. This group is an extension of our Twitter chat and a place for collaboration, questions, and encouragement. Feel free to post teaching ideas, success stories, resource links, photos, etc. that will enhance our instruction.

On Tuesday, May 24, our #2ndaryELA chat will focus on recharging the teacher.

The Format:
8:00 Intros: What and where do you teach? Include a link to your blog if you have one. #2ndaryELA
8:05 Q1: What are your personal and professional plans for summer 2016? #2ndaryELA
8:10 Q2: How do you recharge and refresh during the summer break? #2ndaryELA
8:15 Q3: What is on your personal and professional summer reading lists? #2ndaryELA
8:20 Q4: Do you have any advice for new teachers on how to spend their time during summer vacation? #2ndaryELA
8:25 Q5: Share your best advice for having a relaxing and recharging summer. #2ndaryELA

The Directions:
1. Log into Twitter on Tuesday from 8-8:30 PM EST.
2. Search for tweets with the hashtag #2ndaryELA in the search bar. Make sure to click “All tweets.”
3. Introductions are for the first 5 minutes.
4. Starting at 8:05 (@literarymaven or @2peasandadog) will post questions every 5 minutes using the format Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. and the hashtag #2ndaryELA.
5. Respond to questions using the format A1, A2, A3, etc. with #2ndaryELA.
6. Follow any teachers responding and who are also using #2ndaryELA.
7. Like and respond to other teachers' tweets.

You can schedule your responses to the questions ahead of time using a scheduler like TweetDeck or HootSuite (but don't forget to use A1, A2, etc. and #2ndaryELA). Links are encouraged, so be sure to use a link shortener like tinyurl, bitly, goo.gl or ow.ly Just visit one of those links and paste your long link to shorten it for Twitter. Using images is also encouraged when relevant.

New to chats? Here are the rules:
1. Stay on topic & stay positive!
2. Please do not post or promote paid products unless specifically asked.
3. If you arrive late, try to look through other posts before beginning.
4. Feel free to just read, like, and/or retweet.
5. Always use our hashtag #2ndaryELA, including in your replies to others.
6. Make sure your twitter feed is set to public. (Also keep in mind that Twitter is completely public – that means students, parents, and administrators can and will read what you tweet.)

Be sure to spread the word to any teacher friends who might be interested in joining us as well. We look forward to chatting with you Tuesday evening and in our 2ndaryELA Facebook group!
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Calming the Year End Chaos Tips for Success

Ensure that your class runs smoothly during the end the year by incorporating these 4 important tips to calm the chaos during the countdown to summer vacation.

The end of the school year is near for many of us. Twelve bloggers have joined together to share their best tips for making this time of year manageable instead of chaotic.

Maintain Routines and Structure
This is not the time of year to try out a new classroom management system, or give up on teaching curriculum. Stick to your tried and true lesson format, routines and classroom structures. Even if other classrooms are constantly showing movies or playing games, students appreciate learning if the teacher keeps teaching.

Maintain High Standards for Students
It's the end of the year and we are all tired, but that does not mean that students should be exempted from high academic and behaviour standards. Keep checking homework, classwork and assignments. You might not mark every piece of paper, but checking for content completion and comprehension is critical especially at this time of year.

Let Students Help
Let students help with the end of the year clean up and organization that must happen. Students like to be busy, and feel like they made a difference.

Below is a list of tasks you could get students to help with during the last weeks of school:
  • sort and tidy up the classroom library (check for missing labels, broken spines, proper shelving order and any other issues they might find)
  • repair broken books from the classroom library
  • checking school supplies to ensure they are still in working condition (markers, glue sticks, rulers, calculators, scissors, pencil crayons)
  • desk and locker clean out
  • help clean out the school book storage room (with teacher supervision)
  • help to clean out the school supply room (with teacher supervision)
  • tidy and clean classroom shelves, bins, desks, tables
  • help remove bulletin board displays and decorative trimmers and paper (if at student height level) 
  • pack up classrooms (where required)
  • help move small items for teachers who are moving classrooms 

Engage Students in Service Projects
Have your students plan an activity afternoon for a younger grade. This could range from as big as an outdoor play day, or as small as students creating math board games and stations to help younger students reinforce their math skills. Think outside of your school. What are your students' interests, and plan a service project that benefits their interests and your communities needs.

Click on the links below to read more fantastic ideas from 11 other teacher bloggers and enter our $60 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway to help with your End of the Year or Back to School planning.




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Ensure that your class runs smoothly during the end the year by incorporating these 4 important tips to calm the chaos during the countdown to summer vacation.

#2ndaryELA Twitter Chat on Tuesday 5/17 Topic: Reflections On Your Year In Teaching

On Tuesday, May 17, our #2ndaryELA chat will focus on reflecting on your year in teaching in the ELA classroom.

Brynn Allison, The Literary Maven & Kristy, 2 Peas and a Dog are hosting #2ndaryELA on Twitter every Tuesday evening from 8 - 8:30 PM EST. #2ndaryELA is a weekly chat for secondary English Language Arts teachers focused on a topic. Every Sunday, we will post the topic and questions on our blogs to allow you to prepare for the upcoming Tuesday evening's chat. Thank you to everyone who joined us last week and we hope that you will join us again.

New in 2016 is our 2ndaryELA Facebook group, which we would love to have you join even if you aren't on Twitter. 2ndaryELA is a group of middle and high school English Language Arts teachers looking to share ideas and best practices. This group is an extension of our Twitter chat and a place for collaboration, questions, and encouragement. Feel free to post teaching ideas, success stories, resource links, photos, etc. that will enhance our instruction.

On Tuesday, May 17, our #2ndaryELA chat will focus on reflecting on your year in teaching in the ELA classroom.

The Format:
8:00 Intros: What and where do you teach? Include a link to your blog if you have one. #2ndaryELA
8:05 Q1: What is something you will definitely do again next year because it was such a success? #2ndaryELA
8:10 Q2: What is something you want to change or improve upon next year? #2ndaryELA
8:15 Q3: What was your biggest challenge this year? Did you overcome it? How? #2ndaryELA
8:20 Q4: Share your favorite classroom text you read this year (novel, nonfiction, poetry, play). #2ndaryELA
8:25 Q5: Share an invaluable resource you relied upon this year (book, article, technology, blog, etc.). #2ndaryELA

The Directions:
1. Log into Twitter on Tuesday from 8-8:30 PM EST.
2. Search for tweets with the hashtag #2ndaryELA in the search bar. Make sure to click “All tweets.”
3. Introductions are for the first 5 minutes.
4. Starting at 8:05 (@literarymaven or @2peasandadog) will post questions every 5 minutes using the format Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. and the hashtag #2ndaryELA.
5. Respond to questions using the format A1, A2, A3, etc. with #2ndaryELA.
6. Follow any teachers responding and who are also using #2ndaryELA.
7. Like and respond to other teachers' tweets.

You can schedule your responses to the questions ahead of time using a scheduler like TweetDeck or HootSuite (but don't forget to use A1, A2, etc. and #2ndaryELA). Links are encouraged, so be sure to use a link shortener like tinyurl, bitly, goo.gl or ow.ly Just visit one of those links and paste your long link to shorten it for Twitter. Using images is also encouraged when relevant.

New to chats? Here are the rules:
1. Stay on topic & stay positive!
2. Please do not post or promote paid products unless specifically asked.
3. If you arrive late, try to look through other posts before beginning.
4. Feel free to just read, like, and/or retweet.
5. Always use our hashtag #2ndaryELA, including in your replies to others.
6. Make sure your twitter feed is set to public. (Also keep in mind that Twitter is completely public – that means students, parents, and administrators can and will read what you tweet.)

Be sure to spread the word to any teacher friends who might be interested in joining us as well. We look forward to chatting with you Tuesday evening and in our 2ndaryELA Facebook group!
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#2ndaryELA Twitter Chat on Tuesday 5/10 Topic: Engaging Students at the End of the Year


Brynn Allison, The Literary Maven & Kristy, 2 Peas and a Dog are hosting #2ndaryELA on Twitter every Tuesday evening from 8 - 8:30 PM EST. #2ndaryELA is a weekly chat for secondary English Language Arts teachers focused on a topic. Every Sunday, we will post the topic and questions on our blogs to allow you to prepare for the upcoming Tuesday evening's chat. Thank you to everyone who joined us last week and we hope that you will join us again.

New in 2016 is our 2ndaryELA Facebook group, which we would love to have you join even if you aren't on Twitter. 2ndaryELA is a group of middle and high school English Language Arts teachers looking to share ideas and best practices. This group is an extension of our Twitter chat and a place for collaboration, questions, and encouragement. Feel free to post teaching ideas, success stories, resource links, photos, etc. that will enhance our instruction.

On Tuesday, May 10, our #2ndaryELA chat will focus on engaging students at the end of the year in the ELA classroom.

The Format:
8:00 Intros: What and where do you teach? Include a link to your blog if you have one. #2ndaryELA
8:05 Q1: Do you have final exams at the end of the year? How do you make review interesting for students? #2ndaryELA
8:10 Q2: What final papers and projects do you do at the end of the year? Share favorites. #2ndaryELA
8:15 Q3: How do you recognize student growth and achievement at the end of the year? #2ndaryELA
8:20 Q4: Do you have any special end of the year celebrations in your classroom? Academics related or just for fun? #2ndaryELA
8:25 Q5: Share a lesson or tip for what to do with students on those really hot days. #2ndaryELA

The Directions:
1. Log into Twitter on Tuesday from 8-8:30 PM EST.
2. Search for tweets with the hashtag #2ndaryELA in the search bar. Make sure to click “All tweets.”
3. Introductions are for the first 5 minutes.
4. Starting at 8:05 (@literarymaven or @2peasandadog) will post questions every 5 minutes using the format Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. and the hashtag #2ndaryELA.
5. Respond to questions using the format A1, A2, A3, etc. with #2ndaryELA.
6. Follow any teachers responding and who are also using #2ndaryELA.
7. Like and respond to other teachers' tweets.

You can schedule your responses to the questions ahead of time using a scheduler like TweetDeck or HootSuite (but don't forget to use A1, A2, etc. and #2ndaryELA). Links are encouraged, so be sure to use a link shortener like tinyurl, bitly, goo.gl or ow.ly Just visit one of those links and paste your long link to shorten it for Twitter. Using images is also encouraged when relevant.

New to chats? Here are the rules:
1. Stay on topic & stay positive!
2. Please do not post or promote paid products unless specifically asked.
3. If you arrive late, try to look through other posts before beginning.
4. Feel free to just read, like, and/or retweet.
5. Always use our hashtag #2ndaryELA, including in your replies to others.
6. Make sure your twitter feed is set to public. (Also keep in mind that Twitter is completely public – that means students, parents, and administrators can and will read what you tweet.)

Be sure to spread the word to any teacher friends who might be interested in joining us as well. We look forward to chatting with you Tuesday evening and in our 2ndaryELA Facebook group!
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Small Group Instruction Ideas For Middle and High School Classrooms

Small group instruction looks different in every classroom - sometimes it is a structured intervention program, other times it is the teacher working with a small group of students on a focused task like guided reading or writing. Several great strategies are shared on how to make small group instruction meaningful in the secondary classroom.

Effective small group instruction is a key tool to use in any classroom. It is essential in the ELA classroom to help all students achieve success.

Small group instruction looks different in every classroom - sometimes it is a structured intervention program, other times it is the teacher working with a small group of students on a focused task like guided reading or writing.

Whatever your purpose for small group instruction we have useful ideas from great #2ndaryELA teachers who chat with us on Twitter every Tuesday at 8pm EST.

Read the currated Twitter chat on Small Group Instruction below to add some new ideas to your teacher toolbox.




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Small group instruction looks different in every classroom - sometimes it is a structured intervention program, other times it is the teacher working with a small group of students on a focused task like guided reading or writing. Several great strategies are shared on how to make small group instruction meaningful in the secondary classroom.
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