how many questions should be on a test

How Many Questions Should be on a Test?

Creating tests for students is a frequent aspect of teacher life.  And studies have shown that more  teachers create their own tests as compared to using tests that have been previously created.  But sometimes it’s hard to know exactly how to formulate the perfect test.  One important factor is how many questions should be on a test. I did some …

Virtual Treasure Hunt

Unique Classroom Ideas: Virtual Treasure Hunt

Having a virtual treasure hunt is a great idea for your classroom literally anytime.  Right now, in the light of Covid-19 it is a great idea for a fun project for your students. But it is also a great idea to do in the classroom with your students.  You may want to do it if you have some time to …

what is inquiry based learning

What is Inquiry-based Learning and Why Will Your Students Love It?

School systems have come a long way from “reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic” over the years.  The days of teachers standing in front of the classroom writing facts on the board for students to copy and then study for the next test are over.  Not that teachers aren’t writing on the board and kids taking notes is over–sorry kids!  But that …

what is digital literacy

What is Digital Literacy and Why Your Students Absolutely Need It

I found it incredibly interesting that when I started researching digital literacy I found many different definitions of it from many different reputable sources. It seems we all know what digital literacy is.  But we also have different perceptions of exactly what it includes in practice. So what is digital literacy and why is it such a critical skill for …

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Unique Classroom Ideas: Get Your Students Published!

Nothing will get your students more excited than getting their own books published.  This is one of the best ways to make all of those ELA classes come to life for them. And I can almost guarantee that your students’ work quality will improve because they have a very lofty goal to achieve. So how do you get your students …

social emotional skills

Writing Prompts that Reinforce Social Emotional Learning

Most teachers agree that social emotional skills are extremely important to teach on a regular basis in the classroom.  But sometimes, with the pressures of everything else that needs to be taught, these “extras” fall by the wayside. So how can you find more ways to implement social emotional learning in and get all the other required work done?  One …

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 …

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How to Create a Middle School Writer’s Workshop Your Students Will Love

Every teacher has experienced introducing a writing assignment to the class and being met with eyerolls groans.  Except for maybe the 3 or 4 students that are actually excited to hear about a writing assignment. So then, how do you create a middle school writer’s workshop that your students will actually love?  Students will learn to love writing when they …

universal design for learning

What is Universal Design for Learning?

There are tons of different methods of learning, just as there are tons of different types of schools.  So how do you know which one is the right one for your class?  This is sort of a trick question because no teacher uses only one method.  And many teachers use methods that they have developed themselves over years of experience. …

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What is the Average Student Teacher Ratio? (And How to Make it Work for You)

And How to Make it Work for You For almost as long as I’ve been in the upper grades of school as well as my adult years, student teacher ratio has always been a topic of discussion.  Because I attended a small private school from 7th-12th grade, it was always a subject to capitalize on the advantages of being in …

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Free Book Friday on Hold For Now

It is with my apologies that I am writing this post today instead of the normal Free Book Friday articles that I have been doing.  I must temporarily put Free Book Friday on Hold for now.  But hopefully by next week we will be back on track. The Email So let me explain what is going on.  Two days ago …

articles regarding technology in the classroom

Relevant Articles Regarding Technology in the Classroom

There are all kinds of opinions on technology in the classroom.  And regardless of what our opinions are, technology in the classroom is here to stay. Not only is it here to stay, it is also going to be completely changing life in our classrooms.  And in spite of any drawbacks of problems that causes, it is actually a really …