Can you name the famous figures who faced the following?

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It’s been a busy year on the blog, with 58 new posts (today’s is #59, that’s more than one per week – woot woot!) and a whole bunch of new subscribers to our cozy little English teacher community. As the year winds down, I thought you might enjoy seeing which articles collected the most clicks in 2017 and, perhaps, spot one or two you may have missed the first time around. Continue reading

So…yeah…it’s been nearly four months since I changed out the bulletin board, but last week I visited the giant color printer at Media Services and you can follow along a video field trip Continue reading

When my freshmen strike these words from their literary analysis writing, they (miraculously!) start to sound like young adults. Continue reading

This week’s drop of awesome comes from Cam Milleson, the blog’s middle school teacher friend in Kernville, California. Cam’s kids are working on a suspense narrative, so she built the following progress-tracker Continue reading

Note: If you’re looking for the pre-winter break Reindeer Race, keep reading to see how these materials can easily be adapted for any holiday/upcoming school vacation.

Two years ago, I shared my P.E. department colleagues’ inspired use of stations on the day before we left for Thanksgiving break. Here’s the video, in case you missed it:

Today, I’m adapting their idea to bring some holiday fun to our English/Language Arts classes. Continue reading

Chalk-line across the seat of your pants? Forgot the principal’s name? Lettuce in your teeth? Oh, you’ve got nothing on me when it comes to embarrassing yourself in front of a classroom of students. Continue reading