Today’s drop of brilliance comes from Jess, a fellow bookworm and middle school English teacher. With her permission, I’m sharing a tangible and beautiful way to motivate your kids to keep reading their SSR books. Continue reading

We survived Full Moon Friday the 13th, y’all! Hope you had a great week and that things didn’t get too wacky yesterday. Here’s the latest from the ‘Tube: 1. MUG Shot Monday (Mechanics, usage, and grammar proofreading practice): Click here for a semester-long set of these MUG bell-ringer slides. 2. Words on Wednesday – SAT-level […]

Is it just me or do short weeks often feel even longer than usual weeks? Huh. Here’s what I was talking about on the YouTube channel this week: Continue reading

It’s Labor Day weekend in the U.S. which means an extra day for the workers (hey, that’s us!) to rest and recharge. Sounds good to me. Here’s what I was up to on the YouTube channel this week: Continue reading

Thanks to everyone who watched a video, sent a note of encouragement, and/or completed the homework in the YouTube comments thread this week. I can’t believe this thing I’ve been thinking about for months is actually happening! In the past two weeks, I’ve had 3,000+ views of the series and that’s a l-o-t for this […]

The year-long experiment has begun! For this academic year, I’m bringing little drops of high school English to YouTube as direct-to-student flipped instruction and teacher prep. Continue reading

Today’s post comes from a recent email (used with permission, of course) from a member of our community. For privacy, I changed her name.

Hi Laura,
I hope your summer is going well. I’ll be starting my third year as a Freshman English teacher this year. My question, however, has more to do with my students than content area. I have a few students who will be repeating my class this year because they did not turn in work. I was wondering if you had any advice about how to motivate these kids. I know a few of them have things in their personal lives that they are having trouble with. Do you know a way to help them focus on school when they are in the classroom?
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