Tips For Making Shakespeare Fun

For 12 years now I've been teaching English Language Arts to high school students, and with most ELA course loads inevitably come a healthy dose of Shakespeare. Throughout my career, I've taught the following Shakespearean works: Romeo and Juliet Julius Caesar Hamlet Macbeth King Lear Othello The Taming of the Shrew Henry VI, Part I… Continue reading Tips For Making Shakespeare Fun

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