write clear test instructions

How to Write CLEAR Test Instructions (With 6 Examples)

Without writing clear instructions on a test, students cannot do their absolute best on that test, regardless of how much they have studied and mastered the material.  But different people process information and instructions in different ways.  So how do we write clear test instructions that everybody can understand, and then, in turn, perform well on the test that they …

social emotional skills

Why Social Emotional Skills are so Important in Middle School

We are hearing a lot these days about social emotional skills or social emotional learning.  Parents, teachers, administrators, and organizations are all adding programs to their agenda for the sake of promoting social emotional learning. So why are social emotional skills so important in middle school?  The short answer is because we need them as adults to be successful in …

self-care books for middle schoolers

Self-Care Books for Middle Schoolers

Just about all of us remember what a difficult time middle school was.  Very few of us would ever want to repeat it.  And things have not gotten easier or better for our children.  While some aspects of life are easier and better, so much more is complicated far beyond what we experienced. So what are some ways to help …

free book friday

Free Book Friday 4: Something for Everyone!

Welcome to Free Book Friday 4!  The past few weeks I found some pretty amazing free books that many people took advantage of and enjoyed.  Every week I try to make the new list better than the last one! Just in case you missed the past few weeks’ Free Book Fridays, here they are: Free Book Friday:  Something for Everyone! …

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Free Book Friday 3: Something for Everyone!

Welcome to Free Book Friday 3!  The past few weeks I found some pretty amazing free books that many people took advantage of and enjoyed.  Every week I try to make the new list better than the last one! Just in case you missed last week’s Free Book Friday, here it is. Free Book Friday 3 includes several different genres so …

free book friday 2

Free Book Friday 2: Something for Everyone!

Welcome to Free Book Friday 2!  Last week I found some pretty amazing free books that people took advantage of and enjoyed.  This week’s selections are just as good if not better! Just in case you missed last week’s Free Book Friday, here it is. Free Book Friday 2 includes several different genres so that everybody can find a great …