apps for struggling readers

Best and Worst Reading Apps for Struggling Readers

Parents and teachers alike have been frustrated at times when every effort to help along a struggling reader has failed. The student knows all of the rules, knows how to put a sentence together, and is generally good at all of the other points of grammar. But they just can’t seem to put it all together fast enough when reading, …

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How Teachers Can Encourage Introverted Students

We all know introverted people.  They come from all walks of life and all ages.  And we know that some people are extremely introverted while others are only mildly introverted. So what makes people, and students in particular, introverted, and how can teachers encourage introverted students?  Research has shown that people are born introverted or extroverted, but that their experiences …

students with eating disorders

How to Identify and Help Students With Eating Disorders: A Guest Post

Introduction My friend Chloe (known as Nyxie online) writes an excellent blog that addresses issues with mental health and eating disorders.  The reason why her blog is so good is because she has struggled with Anorexia Nervosa, depression, and anxiety and found ongoing recovery and support in those areas over a very long period of time. I am eager to …

conflict resolution in middle school

Conflict Resolution in the Middle School Classroom

Middle schoolers like to fight.  They like to argue.  And they especially like to prove themselves right.  Conflict resolution is certainly not on their mind, although conflict surely is.  But as much as they seem to like to argue, they do not love conflict or feeling like people do not like their thoughts or behavior. It is such a tricky …

classroom culture

Classroom Culture: How Do Your Students Feel?

The Reality Every teacher starts out their new career hoping and praying that on their first day they will have the perfectly planned class, the students will arrive, connections will be instantly made, and the classroom culture will be one of peace, productive learning, and emotional and social growth. Then reality sets in.  The absolute best plans can’t compete against …

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How to Choose Perfect Middle School Art Projects

Most students in middle school love art projects.  They love discovering artistic techniques and trying their hand at it.  Sometimes it’s great.  Other times it is pretty bad.   But they all have fun. They also love art projects because it doesn’t usually involve sitting at their desk listening to a teacher.  An instant win in the world of academics. So …

best indoor recess ideas

Best Indoor Recess Ideas: Unique Classroom Ideas

What do you do when the weather has been dreary and cold for a while now and the kids (and you) are bored to tears during recess?  They have played all of the board games in the classroom.  They have hung out and talked until there is nothing left to talk about.  And they are bored with anything else you …

read aloud to middle school students

Why We Should Read Aloud to Middle School Students

Sometimes we don’t think we should read aloud to middle school students.  We tend to think that middle schoolers are too old to be read to.  We think that because they are capable of reading on their own, they won’t enjoy being read to anymore. In my experience and based on research, that just doesn’t bear out.  Middle schoolers actually …

Significant ways to improve student writing

12 Significant Ways to Improve Student Writing

Writing is a critical skill, no matter what field of work you are in.  Even if your job description doesn’t specifically require writing, you still had to write a resume and communicate with HR in order to get the job.  And with just about any job that has more than one person working, you will have to communicate with others …

teachers hate lesson planning

Why Teachers Hate Lesson Planning and How to Grow to Love It

Why do teachers hate lesson planning so much?  And is it possible to grow to love it? Let’s start with why teachers hate lesson planning so much.  Many teachers hate lesson planning because it is so time consuming for something that they generally already know the direction they are going in.  This is especially true of teachers that have been …

New Year party classroom

New Year Party in the Middle School Classroom: Unique Classroom Ideas

   What if you started the New Year off with a New Year party in the classroom?  In the first period of the first day back in your middle school classroom? What if your students walked into a classroom that was ready to celebrate instead of getting down to business?  At least by appearances. Is it possible that you may …

how to hook your students

How to Hook Your Students Instantly: the Anticipatory Set

When your students first walk into your classroom you have that instant to give them an impression of what you have planned for them for that day.  You can hook them instantly (also known as the anticipatory set).  Or they can enter the room, see the status quo, and sit down, already tuned out.  Then it is your job to …

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How Do Teachers Stay Healthy?

Sometimes it seems like the biggest challenge of the school year.  As soon as school starts, the runny noses and general yuck starts in.  And teachers are fighting an uphill battle from the start. So how do teachers stay healthy, especially when they are surrounded in germs and sickness most of the school year?  While it is impossible to keep …

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How to Foster a Love of Reading in Your Students

Most teachers love to read.  Actually,  do any teachers not love to read something? I haven’t met a teacher yet that didn’t love to read.  So if you are one, let me know! Anyway, I was thinking about how to foster a love of reading in my students.  Some students just automatically love to read.  In fact, most classes have …

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How Do Teachers Support Each Other?

As teachers, there are a lot of times that we just feel like we are drowning.  As a naturally nurturing profession, we want to be supportive of other teachers.  And we also want to support each other as teachers. The Challenge We are overwhelmed at the beginning of the year, trying to get organized and start over with a whole …