Are you a middle school person or a high school person? Today, I’m talking about my student teaching days, back when I taught 6th grade in the morning and 11th grade in the afternoon. Pretty quickly, I knew which path I was going to take.

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Meet Sarah Zerwin, a high school English teacher in Boulder, Colorado. She had enough with traditional grading and has successfully replaced points with feedback in her classes at Fairview High School. Today, I’m reviewing her book* about her experience and pulling out a few ideas that might work for your classroom, too.

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Today, let’s go back to a conversation I had 25 years ago with my college career counselor. Was he right?

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English teachers! Keep your high school students engaged in class right up to the last day of school. Links to all of the items mentioned in this video are listed below.

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This week, I’m focusing on English teacher Kim and her middle school struggle:

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Today’s video in a nutshell: All of my Prezi-based lessons have been updated to include a Google Drive and PDF version of each slide deck. If you’ve ever downloaded any Prezi from my shop (free or paid), go on back over to your TeachersPayTeachers.com account and re-download that item from your “My Purchases” area to […]

After two decades of teaching high school English, I’ve known many principals. I’ve come to think of them as the good, the bad, and the indifferent. Today’s video is a message from the heart, the things I always wanted to say but never did because, well, I didn’t want to lose my job. Learn more […]

Last week’s video got a lot of attention (thanks, YouTube algorithm) and I want to keep the conversation going. This week, my reaction to the 700+ comments I received and some concrete things teachers can do right now to make life a little better for yourself and your students. Links to items mentioned in today’s […]

Last week, blog reader Jenn asked what’s on a lot of teachers’ minds: “Could we maybe address the elephant in the room and that being why so many incredibly amazing teachers are leaving or looking to leave the profession?“ Yup. This is my longest video ever because it turns out I have a l-o-t to […]

A global pandemic, a cross-country move, an identity crisis…yeah, it’s been a weird year. Everything’s upside-down and inside-out right now. Seemed like a good time to fire up the YouTube channel again: Let’s talk! What topics should I cover? What’re you struggling with? How can I help? I’ll do my best to turn your questions […]