School librarians are a very important part of a thriving school community. In my first few years of teaching I was lucky enough to be the school librarian for three years. During that time I enjoyed working with my colleagues and the students to enrich and support classroom learning. I am
Interactive notebooks rapidly took over classrooms a few years ago and became a staple in many classrooms. In this #2ndaryELA Twitter Chat recap we focus on how teachers use interactive notebooks in their classrooms as well as tips for teachers new to this type of notebook. We also discussed great hands-on
I strongly feel that classroom libraries are essential for all classrooms, not just for English classrooms. Students need to understand that literacy does not end once they walk out of their English classroom’s door. Students need to see that books do not always have a storyline, and that reading
Using puzzles, games, breakout boxes and escape rooms have become a trend in education. We recently had a #2ndaryELA Twitter chat about using puzzles and games in the ELA classroom. Read about how these teachers are incorporating these strategies into their lessons. Q1: How are you already using puzzles and
It is important that when students enter our English Language Arts classrooms that they see meaning in the texts we read and the lessons we teach. Helping students to understand literature on a deeper level can help them derive meaning from future works that they read. In this Twitter
New year = creative lesson ideas. I love new beginnings. I often use the weeks after a holiday break to implement new things in my classroom. It feels more natural than trying to start something in the middle of the week. During last week’s Twitter chat, we discussed creative lesson
It is important that students are given opportunities to engage with non-traditional texts like graphic and free verse novels. Teachers can also use other forms of high-interest media such as infographics, videos, and non-fiction articles. Read this Twitter chat recap to get ideas you can use tomorrow in your
Using learning stations is a fantastic way to increase engagement in the English Language Arts classroom. Students enjoy working collaboratively with their peers. Read this #2ndaryELA Twitter chat recap below to get ideas on how to use and manage stations in your middle or high school English Language Arts classroom.