If you've been considering a standing desk, read on.  There are many benefits and a few challenges you should know about. I didn't...
 If you haven't introduced your students to Pony by R. J. Palacio yet, you really need to! I reviewed the book a few months ago here .  ...
I hope you've had a restful Thanksgiving break!   It's time now to leave the land of turkeys and pumpkins and move into the land of ...
 In my first year of teaching, my jaw was on the floor.   A lot.   I don't know what I expected from students I was just getting to know...
  November.  The point where kids know routines.  For the most part.  And the thrill of being in school has worn off.  For the most part.  S...
Have you ever done something with your students and halfway through, you wondered what in the world you were thinking?  Honest truth.  Geniu...
"Ever since I did poorly on the {state test} I freak out every time I take a test." "We have 3 birds, 2 dogs, and 4 cats.&quo...
Some books grab you, others don't.  Why should you consider giving them to students?  Read on.... Shatter Me  is dystopian in a Divergen...
Are you an established TpT seller who wants to grow your business?  If so, there is a valuable membership you should consider.   Buying into...
  There are so many things to love about this book, not the least of which is that RJ Palacio has moved in a completely different direction ...
"Are we writing today?"   "No, not today.  It's not Friday. {Insert sad face} How many times do your students ask to wr...
Have you read The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate?  It got me thinking about historical fiction for our students and why it's so im...
The teacher's request on Facebook was what to do for 8th graders who struggled to read any book for more than one class session.   That ...
  What's the best time of year to introduce genres to your students?  How about during the first weeks of school?   Genre study at the b...
 "Argh!  They froze us!  Grab double points when we get back on!"   "Wait, what's the difference between 'too' an...