First Day Activities: Get-to-Know-You Activity & Room Scavenger Hunt

Happy back to school season! I am currently feeling that special kind of tired which is end-of-the-first-week-back-at-school-tired. I'm trying out a few different activities this year, including my first breakout escape room game which I purchased from Teachers Pay Teachers. The typical boring first day routine for me goes: icebreaker, syllabus, procedures, homework/regular teaching. I… Continue reading First Day Activities: Get-to-Know-You Activity & Room Scavenger Hunt

Flexible vs. Assigned Seating in the High School Classroom

If you're like me and you are on Instagram or Twitter, the most buzzed about educational topic this summer seems to be flexible seating. And while it may be a movement more common among teachers of younger learners, there is still a lot of merit in using flexible seating in a high school classroom. However,… Continue reading Flexible vs. Assigned Seating in the High School Classroom

Why I’m Obsessed with Guided Reading Notes

A few years ago, back in the first few years teaching at my current school, I was teaching on what was called an "overload" schedule. For those of you unfamiliar, it's the schedule they give you when all the money is gone. For three years I taught six out of seven periods, five preps a… Continue reading Why I’m Obsessed with Guided Reading Notes

How the Credible Hulk Finally Helped My Students Conduct Research

I've been teaching research for my entire career. It began horribly, and honestly,¬†it was because I was downright lazy. I demanded citations for everything but did little to teach my students how to make them. More importantly, I never instructed them why the research was important. After a few years of surviving¬†gaining experience, I began… Continue reading How the Credible Hulk Finally Helped My Students Conduct Research

Just Caught You Reading

Every spring, I go into the classroom next door and greet the ninth graders with that most dreaded news: they must complete summer reading. Our school implemented a summer reading program a few years ago as a way to engage students in doing something academic over the summer, and to make our English program a little… Continue reading Just Caught You Reading