4 Tips for Engaging December Lesson Plans

December lesson plans need to be engaging and festive yet curriculum-focused and rigorous. What a challenge! Many teachers say December is the hardest month of the year. The lead-up to the winter break can be brutal. Students are excitable, they’re in need of time off from the classroom, and they’re

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Why Teach Creative Writing in Middle School?

Creative writing sometimes gets a bad rap in middle school.  It is often seen as less serious and less important than many other types of writing.  This is too bad because frequent and directed creative writing can offer significant benefits to your students and curriculum.   Let’s talk about a few of

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YA Romance Novels

YA romance novels are one of my favourite genres. I love reading these cute love stories and losing myself in the author’s writing. It is not just teachers and their students who recognize what a great genre this is – many major streaming platforms have made YA romance books into

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Grade 6 Ontario Social Studies Resources

Grade 6 Ontario Social Studies resources can be a challenge to find. No matter how excited you are about it, teaching a new subject or a new grade can sometimes be a little overwhelming.  Not only do you have all the prep work and grading of a typical year, but

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Vicious is My Middle Name Book Review

Reading Vicious is My Middle Name by Kevin Dunn felt like I was in a time machine transported back to the 90s when I loved punk music and Doc Martens. This blog post contains affiliate links that are of no cost to the reader. If you make a purchase through

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Teacher Book Recommendations

If you are looking for a fantastic novel for your teacher book club or just to read yourself, I have compiled a list of books I have enjoyed reading. This blog post contains affiliate links that are of no cost to the reader. If you make a purchase through the

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Renovating the Traditional ELA Book Report

It is time we renovate the traditional book report. English Language Arts has been a part of school curriculums for many years. However, this doesn’t mean that how we teach language arts can’t evolve.   Today let’s look at one staple of ELA curriculums – the book report – and ways that

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