The Absolute Best Back to School Activity

Need an inspirational back to school activity, end of year activity or pre-exam motivational activity? Play this inspirational video clip on goals and grit “Basketball - How Bad do You Want It” and ask students what their goals are and how they will commit to achieving their goals. For an Inspirational Bell Ringer, have students paraphrase the … Continue reading The Absolute Best Back to School Activity

Engage Reluctant Readers in Hip Hop & Sports-Themed Reading Activities

As a special education ELA teacher, I struggled to keep my students with reading disabilities - who were 90% male students - engaged in remedial reading practice. Then I decided to ask my students who their favorite rappers, athletes and pop culture icons were. I simply printed articles off of wikipedia and online magazines. For … Continue reading Engage Reluctant Readers in Hip Hop & Sports-Themed Reading Activities

Complete Back to School Lesson Plans for Secondary ELA

We've got your first week back to school covered. Roll out classroom procedures, behavior expectations, consequences, discussion protocol, classroom culture and inspirational back to school activities. Enjoy five complete, no prep lesson plans for only $5 plus 15 free back to school activities to inspire students of the first days of school! Download back to … Continue reading Complete Back to School Lesson Plans for Secondary ELA

Comparative Writing Prompts

Why teach comparison writing using boring fiction passages or nonfiction articles? Instead show students to short films or popular film clips and ask students to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between both stories. Students practice academically rigorous skills, analyze plot, theme, characterization and more while being highly engaged in classroom movies! For an … Continue reading Comparative Writing Prompts

How to handle and prevent disruptive student behavior

What do you do when students don't stop talking? What do you do when students do not care about consequences and continue to not pay attention? How do you prevent off-task behavior in the classroom and handle disruptive student behavior? Classroom Management Tip  As a first year teacher, I had an entire class of middle school students … Continue reading How to handle and prevent disruptive student behavior

Classroom Management to Reduce Stress

Whether you are a panicking first year teacher or a veteran teacher trying to prevent teacher burn out, find the most effective classroom management strategies, inspirational student activities, and culturally relevant curriculum ideas here. Classroom Management Tip  What is the most effective classroom management technique? Silence: NEVER talk over students. If one student or the entire class is looking … Continue reading Classroom Management to Reduce Stress