Month: September 2022

Why Use Graphic Organizers?

Using graphic organizers is very important. We have all heard of them. We have all used them. We may have even designed a few ourselves. The noble graphic organizer needs to be a key tool in your middle school classroom.  From the K-W-L format  to mind webbing and everything in

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ELA Classroom Routines In Middle School

ELA classroom routines are a key part of any English Language Arts classroom. Study after study has shown that students thrive on consistency.  Be it behavioral expectations, grading uniformity, or class and curriculum structure, consistency benefits all students.   That doesn’t mean that you can never have a day that is

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Teacher Side Hustles

Teacher side hustles are a reality for many teachers. One of the first things you can do when looking for a teacher side hustle is to reach out to former employers you have worked with and see if they need any part-time help.  Also reach out to everyone you know

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Fall Lesson Plans For Middle School

Fall lesson plans for middle school students can be a challenge to find. The fall is a great time because it signals that school is back in session for many students. It is also a very colourful season and a great time to get outside with your classes before the

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How To Incorporate Oral Presentations Into Your ELA Program

How do you incorporate oral presentations into your ELA program? Oral presentations can be a hassle. Students often seriously dislike them – the groans commence almost before “oral presentation” is out of your mouth.  Public speaking is a skill that needs teaching just as surely as reading and writing – and

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Young Adult Books By Indigenous Authors

It is important to help students find Indigenous authors to read. This young adult books by Indigenous authors book list contains 18 book recommendations for high school readers. I have linked the books to Amazon, but you can also look for them at your local library or look for them

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Middle School Books by Indigenous Authors

It is important to help students find Indigenous authors to read. This middle school books by Indigenous authors book list contains 19 book recommendations for middle school readers. I have linked the books to Amazon, but you can also look for them at your local library or look for them

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