Irony can be tricky (just ask Alanis Morissette), and we might need a little help breaking down what is – and isn’t – ironic to our students. Feel free to grab these mini-lecture slides designed to help your students know the differences between verbal, situational, and dramatic irony. Continue reading

Time to add some challenging fun to your classroom routine with Brain Teasers for teens! First, give these head-scratchers a try: When you’re ready, scroll down for the answers. Now, did you really give yourself time to think through the answers? Challenging, no? There are many different ways you might want to use these slides […]

Okay, teacher friends, can you spot all of the errors in these two sentences? Continue reading

Vocabulary instruction used to be my Achilles’ heel. I tried tons of different strategies, but each one brought very little yield in terms of student retention. Frustrated, one summer I tossed aside the yellowing school-issued workbooks and went rogue, building my own plan and materials. The result is Words on Wednesday, a close examination each […]