Write Right Away

Get' em Writing about Themselves Looking for ways to get to know your students while having them do authentic writing that builds on works you've read?  Here are three ideas to consider that can serve as a beginning of the year formative assessments of reading and writing.  No need to…

Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading - Expand Lists Have you seen the READING BINGO challenges posted by Scholastic ? Using the cards may be just what will inspire  students to broaden their independent reading choices.  Could offer a modest prize...enough to entice to read, but not to cheat.   Click here for book…

Oral Book Report Prep

Practice together, then assign students oral reports on independent reading books. Adapt the handout for a whole class or small group assignment and have student complete the form based on a book the class has just finished reading.  (Great way to review a book before an end-of-book assignment.) Then use similar…

Talk Teaches

Sentence Starters Invigorate Conversation   Guided talking teaches students to think, listen, and rethink. Observing students talking teaches teachers what they need to teach next.  Here's a flyer with SENTENCE STARTERS from I found on Pinterest that may be just what you need to jump start conversations between and among students.…

Students Starters Enhance Teaching

Student Starters Now is a good time to plan on releasing more responsibility for learning to your students. The first quarter/semester is when you model reading and writing strategies, making, connections, incorporating a wide variety of examples in your own instruction, and also informing the students that you’ll be sharing the teaching…

Career Planning

Quit Now or Stay in School? Spring term is good time to offer students the opportunity to consider why continuing their education will expand their future choices. Here's a sample Career Research Project I've used with Sophomores. Here's link to an assignment that requires similar thinking and is adaptable for eighth graders. The…