I just received this email that I’m guessing will resonate with a lot of us. With the teacher’s permission, I’m posting our conversation in the hopes that it’ll be useful to anyone who’s struggling with student motivation. Names have been changed. Continue reading

My friends over at TeachersPayTeachers brightened this week by posting one of my blog articles. If you’re not already familiar with the “Crazy Essay Week” approach I use with my juniors, you’ll definitely want to check out TpT’s latest blog post Continue reading

Since we’re early in our novel study, I asked my freshmen to work in their Trio Teams to find a line from ch. 4 that they found interesting or meaningful. When Team 5, the International Bureau of Brains (IBB = their first name initials put together), shared the line above, my classroom exploded with a […]

I recently caught myself being one of those annoying people who offer advice without being asked. Twice over winter break, I ran into former students who are now seniors (apparently, Target and Panera are the places to be seen around here) and, of course, I couldn’t stop myself from asking about college applications, the go-to small talk topic when you haven’t seen much of a kid since she was a freshman. Continue reading

October and November are the cruelest months for new teachers, NPR tells us. The honeymoon phase is over and all of that shiny new year optimism has been replaced with the reality of lesson planning, paper grading, parent handling, administrator mind-gaming, and student motivating. Feeling as wrung-out as a bar towel at 2 a.m.? You’re far from alone. Continue reading

A new year brings a new opportunity to set procedures that will serve your students while saving your sanity. Here are three easy-to-implement ideas that will save you a TON of time as you grade that impending avalanche of essays: Continue reading

Hard to believe, but it’s already that time of year when my students are required to choose courses for next year. Many are wondering if an advanced class is a good fit, so they come seeking advice. Many factors determine whether a student should enroll in honors/Advanced Placement, including past performance in our department, passion […]