Category Archives: Tips and Resources

Making the Mundane Interesting

I tell my students:

I’m going to read a story to you, but there’s a warning: it’s a disturbing story. It’s not suitable for all audiences, and I’ll understand if anyone wants to leave before I begin. Seriously. Continue reading

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Drawing Lines: The Notebook Lesson

I’ve always liked using writers’ notebooks in my class. They’re great for journaling, drafting, general brainstorming…even doodling. In the past, however, I never really associated any pomp and circumstance with these writers’ journals at the beginning of the year. The … Continue reading

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Higher order thinking through meme building

Whether or not you know the word ‘meme,’ you’ve probably seen them before. Stuff like this: And this: And these:   So what are memes, really? If you want the long, technical version, check out Wikipedia’s entry for Internet meme. … Continue reading

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A facelift and a bit of insight…

I’ve been tired of my WordPress theme for a while. It’s not that it was bad; it just got old, so I’ve changed it to something a little more “me.” (: I’m also making it a point to post more … Continue reading

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An Ice-breaker with a tech twist: An interactive “Where I’m From” collage

I teach sixth grade – a very tumultuous, confusing, and anxious year for students. It’s in middle school that students really begin constructing a personal identity, and this is an activity I do at the beginning of the year to … Continue reading

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How to Use PowerPoint (Like a Boss): Hyperlinks

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a teacher in possession of Microsoft PowerPoint, will bore her students to death with god-awful presentations.” – Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice was terrible, but you’ve got to admit, Austen is spot on … Continue reading

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