Differentiation is NOT Easy - but TRESmart™ is!

Standards based Middle School ELA Reading Lessons with BUILT-IN Differentiation!  #teaching #activities #commoncore #readytouse

As a teacher, I know my job is to differentiate for all the various learner needs in my classroom.  And I've spent a lot of time researching how to best meet these needs.  During that time, I've found a lot of lists, ideas, and strategies.  That's all good stuff but it still takes LOADS of TIME to implement them!  (Never mind how long it took to just find all this information.)  
That's the Trouble with Differentiation.

But there's more to know about differentiation.  When I dug into the research, I found that if lessons were designed to meet the needs of the learners from the very start, then following a pattern of teach-reteach-enrich would make differentiation a much more streamlined process.  While that gives teachers a better plan to follow, it still leaves plenty to do with creating the reteaching and enriching activities (and never mind the hundred other responsibilities a teacher has in a day).

That's why I say "Differentiation is NOT easy!"

But what if the work had already been done for you?
What if there were lessons tailored to the standards with differentiation already built in?  

The kind of differentiation that has options for content (teaching), process (practice) and product (reteaching and enrichment) which will lead to an optimum learning environment for students?

Sounds like a dream, right?
Good news - it's not!!

  I sat down and put my best work from the past 24 years of teaching Language Arts into this very format.

I call it TRESmart - *Teach*Reteach*Enrich - which is a 'Smart' way to teach because it helps to reach all learners!

The first TRESmart unit that is now available is Theme and Central Idea.  
It is aligned to R.CCR.2:  Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

This unit includes:
-a teacher script for day by day plans
-editable lesson plans that could be submitted to an administrator
-unit introduction
-unit vocabulary with worksheet and word wall cards
-embedded videos (no links!)
-differentiated content with Pixanotes® (downloadable)
-practice with task cards (downloadable)
-additional practice
-quizzes (downloadable)
-menus for reteaching (labeled as enhancement) (downloadable)
-menus for enrichment (downloadable)
-A Final Assessment (downloadable)
-Answer Keys

All the work is done!  Just make the copies & teach!

And you can try the Theme part of the unit for FREE!  Just click below and try it out for yourself on Thinkific!
(When you click through it may look like you are ordering the unit, but you will not be asked for credit card information.  It looks like this because I'm technically giving you access to a paid course (unit).  It's just that the first half is free!)

OR you could also check out the Theme Unit (for free) and the Central Idea Unit (paid) on Teachers Pay Teachers:

Standards-based Middle School ELA Theme Mini-Unit with BUILT-IN differentiation for content, process, and product using the teach-reteach-enrich format! #teaching #languagearts #commoncorereading #theme #lessonplans

Standards-based Middle School ELA Central Idea Mini-Unit with BUILT-IN differentiation for content, process, and product using the research-based teach-reteach-enrich format!  #lessonplans #teaching #commoncorereading #languagearts #centralidea

In this resource, you'll find:

★ A video of me reading "The Important Book" to use an introduction to the unit.
★ Editable lesson plans
★ Day by day Teacher Script
★ Vocabulary Worksheets with Word Wall Cards for these words: inference, drawn, theme, central idea, cite, evidence, objective, summary, text, textual analysis, determine, explicitly, several, and development.
★ Central Idea PowerPoint with an original text and that tells students how to find the central idea and supporting details in 4 easy steps! 
★Pixanotes that match the PowerPoint and come in 4 versions os you can differentiate the content.
★ Task cards to practice the skills with directions for 3 ways to choose to use them so you can differentiate the process.
★ A Central Idea Quiz
★ Teacher page for reteaching and enriching options so you can differentiate the product.
★ Student pages for reteaching (labeled as enhancement) and enriching
★ Reteaching video (Quick Review of Central Idea)
★ A Final Assessment for Theme and Central idea (the TRESmart™ Theme unit is FREE - see above!)
★ Answer keys

All of these same items can be found on the TRESmart Thinkific platform too.  The difference is that all of these items are laid out in order for you making it easier for you when planning and when presenting to your students.  

Either way you go, (Teachers Pay Teachers or Thinkific) you'll be ready to reach ALL learners!

Thanks for stopping by!

Top 5 Best Ways to Organize A Middle School Classroom

Middle School Classroom Organization Ideas!  #teaching #backtoschool

During a normal school year, I teach about 130 middle school students over the course of six periods in a day.  To keep all my classes straight I am big on having dedicated spaces and places for things as well as routines.

At this point, I have been teaching for 24 years and so I have had time to really craft some good organizational techniques and this is what has worked the best for me:

1.  Restroom procedure.
Students write their name on the board in a special spot on the board in order.  If Sally's name is first and Fred's name is second, once Mrs. Spangler is not instructing, then Sally gets up, signs out on the clipboard by the door and goes to the restroom.  When she returns, she signs back in, erases her name and tells Fred it's his turn.  That's it.  No fancy system.  Nothing to track.  Works like a charm.  

2.  Paper turn-in place.
Near the door to the room, I have two bookshelves - one on either side.  Each class period has a shelf.  On that shelf is a tray.  That's where that class period hands in all papers.  I make a big deal about it at the beginning of the year and tell them "I don't care if I am swinging from the light eating Fritos, your papers go in THIS tray."  

  Notebook/textbook storage is also
on the class period shelf where the turn-in tray is located.

The idea behind this shelf system is that it's near the door so that on their way in, the students can pick up materials and it's an easy drop off on the way out.  I think of it as classroom "feng shui".

3.  Student center
Near the bookcases, by the door, I also have a "student center" with the pencil sharpener, tissues, hand sanitizer, and of course the restroom clipboard.

Middle School Classroom Organization Ideas!  #teaching #backtoschool

4.  Beginning of class bell work

This changes from year to year but whatever I start with whether it's a journal or mentor sentences is what I continue throughout the year.  Why?  Consistency.  Every day the students can count on the fact that as they walk in, they retrieve their things from their class shelf, go to their seats, and get out their bell work.  Period.  It's the same each and every day.  

5.  Supplies

A creative way to store supplies in the middle school classroom.  #teaching #organization #classroomorganization

And the best for last - how I store classroom supplies.  I put this toy organizer right in front of my desk and keep all the crayons, marker, glue, scissors, colored pencils and such in the bins.  See those little blue baskets on top?  I use those to divvy up the supplies that partners will use during class and place them on the desks before school.  

I love this because I am reusing a toy organizer and because everything is always very handy.

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Technology in the ELA Classroom - #2ndaryELA

Join secondary English Language Arts teachers Tuesday evenings at 8 pm EST on Twitter. This week's chat will be about technology.
Brynn Allison, The Literary Maven, & Lisa Spangler, Mrs. Spangler in the Middle, host #2ndaryELA on Twitter every Tuesday evening from 8 - 8:30 PM EST. #2ndaryELA is a weekly chat for secondary English Language Arts teachers focused on a topic. Every Sunday, we post the topic and questions on our blogs to allow you to prepare for the upcoming Tuesday evening's chat. Thank you to everyone who joined us last week and we hope that you will join us again.

We'd also love for you to join our 2ndaryELA Facebook group, even if you aren't on Twitter. 2ndaryELA is a group of middle and high school English Language Arts teachers looking to share ideas and best practices. This group is an extension of our Twitter chat and a place for collaboration, questions, and encouragement. Feel free to post teaching ideas, success stories, resource links, photos, etc. that will enhance our instruction.

On Tuesday, July 31, our #2ndaryELA chat will be about technology.

Join secondary English Language Arts teachers Tuesday evenings at 8 pm EST on Twitter. This week's chat will be about technology.

The Directions:
1. Log into Twitter on Tuesday from 8-8:30 PM EST.
2. Search for tweets with the hashtag #2ndaryELA in the search bar. Make sure to click “Latest.”
3. Introductions are for the first 5 minutes.
4. Starting at 8:05 (@literarymaven or @2peasandadog) will post questions every 5 minutes using the format Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. and the hashtag #2ndaryELA.
5. Respond to questions using the format A1, A2, A3, etc. with #2ndaryELA.
6. Follow any teachers responding and who are also using #2ndaryELA.
7. Like and respond to other teachers' tweets.

You can schedule your responses to the questions ahead of time using a scheduler like TweetDeck or HootSuite (but don't forget to use A1, A2, etc. and #2ndaryELA). Links are encouraged, so be sure to use a link shortener like tinyurlbitlygoo.gl or ow.ly Just visit one of those links and paste your long link to shorten it for Twitter. Using images is also encouraged when relevant.

New to chats? Here are the rules:
1. Stay on topic & stay positive!
2. Please do not post or promote paid products unless specifically asked.
3. If you arrive late, try to look through other posts before beginning.
4. Feel free to just read, like, and/or retweet.
5. Always use our hashtag #2ndaryELA, including in your replies to others.
6. Make sure your twitter feed is set to public. (Also keep in mind that Twitter is completely public – that means students, parents, and administrators can and will read what you tweet.)

You can also check out a quick video tutorial in this blog post.

Be sure to spread the word to any teacher friends who might be interested in joining us as well. We look forward to chatting with you Tuesday evening and in our 2ndaryELA Facebook group!

Get caught up on past chats here:

#2ndaryELA Recap - Back to School Planning

Back to School Planning from #2ndaryELA - PD You Want From The Teacher Community You Need!  #teaching #english #languagearts #middleschool #highschool

This chat was all about getting ready for the new school year.  Teachers shared what they do on the first day, how they organize their rooms, and even what will be their first content lesson.

Hope you'll join us next week for another chat. We'd also love for you to join our 2ndaryELA Facebook group (even if you aren't on Twitter). 2ndaryELA is a group of middle and high school English Language Arts teachers looking to share ideas and best practices. This group is an extension of our Twitter chat and a place for collaboration, questions, and encouragement. Feel free to post teaching ideas, success stories, links, photos, etc. that will enhance our instruction.

Shari Krapels @Mrs_Krapels25/07/2018 07:01:16 WIB
Hi #2ndaryELA! I'm Shari, and I teach HS English (all 4 grades this year!) in northern NJ. Excited to learn w/you all tonight!
Jessica Lee Ogden @jessicaleeogden25/07/2018 07:02:45 WIB
Q1: Goodevening, 2ndaryELA. I am Jessica Ogden the Instructional Lead Teacher at Richmond Hill Middle School in Georgia. I do not currently have a blog, but I am hoping to work on beginning one this year 😊 #2ndaryELA
Jeff Krapels Jr. @MrKrapels25/07/2018 07:02:58 WIB
Hi #2ndaryELA - I'm Jeff, and I teach 9th and 12th grades in NJ. You can see my blog at 3greatideas.wordpress.com (though I need to update this more frequently...)
tal matalon @tetaime25/07/2018 07:03:14 WIB
Hi, Tal from Durham NC. Lateral entry teacher, About to start my 1st year teaching 6th gr. Here to learn! #2ndaryELA
Leslie A. @teachinELA25/07/2018 07:03:53 WIB
I'm Leslie and I teach 11th grade in California #2ndaryela
SpanglerMiddle @SpanglerMiddle25/07/2018 07:04:34 WIB
Glad you're here! Please remember to add #2ndaryELA at the end of your tweets. :) twitter.com/ms_jandrews/st…

Welcome! What and where do you teach? Include a link to your blog if you have one.
Hello, I teach freshman in Indiana. Looking forward to chatting with you all tonight.
SpanglerMiddle @SpanglerMiddle25/07/2018 07:05:00 WIB
Q1: How do you organize your classroom? #2ndaryELA
SpanglerMiddle @SpanglerMiddle25/07/2018 07:06:00 WIB
A1: I try to think about the flow of my room to organize it. I think of it as my own "Feng-shui". So that means I want easy entrances and exits from the room. #2ndaryELA
Brynn Allison @literarymaven25/07/2018 07:06:00 WIB
A1 Here's what my HS room looked like theliterarymaven.com/2014/09/five-f… I'm moving to MS & looking for new ideas #2ndaryela
Jeff Krapels Jr. @MrKrapels25/07/2018 07:06:20 WIB
A1: Right now, my classroom is set up with stations/groups of 4-5 students, with a book shelf in the back. I am trying to find ways to incorporate flexible seating arrangements and drastically build my classroom library for this upcoming year. #2ndaryELA
Heather Stringham @hsengteach25/07/2018 07:06:22 WIB
A1: I think I’m going to have my students in groups this year as I want to have more conferring going on. #2ndaryELA
Kaylin Upah @wanderfulwrtg25/07/2018 07:07:32 WIB
A1: Teaching 6th grade for the first time at a 1:1 school. Thinking of a way to seat students in groups and still see screens! #2ndaryela
Leslie A. @teachinELA25/07/2018 07:07:43 WIB
Last year I had groups of 5, this year I'm moving to row groups of 4 and a podium/station for me in the back to promote talking to the class, not just to me #2ndaryela
Jeff Krapels Jr. @MrKrapels25/07/2018 07:07:56 WIB
@hsengteach Having a group arrangement has been really helpful for me in maximizing 1:1 time w/ Ss #2ndaryELA
Heather Stringham @hsengteach25/07/2018 07:08:18 WIB
@MrKrapels I also have four bookshelves in the back for reading. #2ndaryELA
Shari Krapels @Mrs_Krapels25/07/2018 07:08:45 WIB
I'm very lucky to have tables on wheels, so I have a flexible set up: pods of 4, singleton tables for 2, a long conference table set up for 8 and 2 sets of semi-circle tables! #2ndaryELA
Ms. Andrews @ms_jandrews25/07/2018 07:09:01 WIB
@SpanglerMiddle I like having students in groups. I’m trying to find better ways to organize how students turn in papers and how to organize missing work. Also, we are moving to block schedule so I’m not sure if I want to find a way for students to keep materials in the class. #2ndaryELA
Diane Lewis @teachermom31825/07/2018 07:09:15 WIB
Table groups of 4-6 kids. Plenty of shelves of books and a couple carpets and stools/ special chairs for flexible seating. #2ndaryELA
Kaylin Upah @wanderfulwrtg25/07/2018 07:09:42 WIB
@hsengteach Love that idea! Anyone have a reading nook in their room? It's my goal to have one this year! #2ndaryela
Jessica Lee Ogden @jessicaleeogden25/07/2018 07:09:43 WIB
Q1:: I organize my classroom into different spaces (1) Class Data/Growth Wall (2) Teacher-directed small group center (3) Student group work area w/ baskets in the middle to organize materials for the day’s lesson (handouts, markers, etc.)—The baskets are a LIFESAVER! #2ndaryELA
SpanglerMiddle @SpanglerMiddle25/07/2018 07:10:00 WIB
Q2: What do you do on the first day of school? #2ndaryELA
SpanglerMiddle @SpanglerMiddle25/07/2018 07:10:13 WIB
@ms_jandrews I used to have a shelf for each class here they handed in their papers, stored textbooks and notebooks. #2ndaryELA
Heather Stringham @hsengteach25/07/2018 07:10:39 WIB
@ms_jandrews @SpanglerMiddle I have bins for each class to turn in and get back work. I don’t have time to spend turning back work. #2ndaryELA
Leslie A. @teachinELA25/07/2018 07:10:53 WIB
A1: I also moved a rectangular table next to my actual desk to allow individual or small group conferencing that is separated and won't disturb others #2ndaryela
SpanglerMiddle @SpanglerMiddle25/07/2018 07:11:00 WIB
@upahk @hsengteach Yes, I called it the "Book Nook" and it had big pillows and a little rug - all from IKEA. #2ndaryELA
SpanglerMiddle @SpanglerMiddle25/07/2018 07:11:00 WIB
A2: I do ice breakers and other kinds of team building - including asking Ss what they need to be successful. #2ndaryELA
Jeff Krapels Jr. @MrKrapels25/07/2018 07:11:12 WIB
A2: In recent years, I've gotten away from the typical 1st day of school routine. Now, I jump right into a lesson, and explain to Ss that as necessary, I will explain procedures/rules, etc. No reason to waste class time #2ndaryELA
Shari Krapels @Mrs_Krapels25/07/2018 07:11:20 WIB
@hsengteach @ms_jandrews @SpanglerMiddle I'm trying to find ways to "automate" that process a little more - I find that having students hand things in digitally whenever possible helps! #2ndaryELA
Diane Lewis @teachermom31825/07/2018 07:11:28 WIB
Also have a couple standing desks for students who prefer to stand. #2ndaryELA
Kaylin Upah @wanderfulwrtg25/07/2018 07:11:33 WIB
A2: I like to have 2 different games prepared: 1 for students to get to know me as a person & 1 to get to know each other #2ndaryela
Heather Stringham @hsengteach25/07/2018 07:11:44 WIB
A2: One year I did stations to get to know the room and the rules. I might try that again. Still trying to figure out how. #2ndaryELA
SpanglerMiddle @SpanglerMiddle25/07/2018 07:12:12 WIB
@Mrs_Krapels @hsengteach @ms_jandrews Yes, well I said "used to" because this year we're all 1:1 and so I don't think we'll need those shelves! :) #2ndaryELA
Shari Krapels @Mrs_Krapels25/07/2018 07:12:41 WIB
A2: I teach 4 different preps, so I do something a little different for each (depending on content!) - I do try to spend some time getting some data and feedback from them RIGHT AWAY about their reading/writing skills/preferences #2ndaryELA
Ms. Andrews @ms_jandrews25/07/2018 07:12:51 WIB
@SpanglerMiddle That’s a good idea. I only have 5 classes so it might be doable. #2ndaryELA
Geneiveve James @Geneiveve_James25/07/2018 07:13:02 WIB
Q2: On the first day I try my best to help my students get to know me. Sometimes I have them all write down a question they have about me and I answer them for the whole class. I also go over my expectations which are respect, effort, and manners. #2ndaryELA
Diane Lewis @teachermom31825/07/2018 07:13:40 WIB
A2 Last year I did stations: goal setting, chart response to perfect classroom, paperwork station, get to know groupmate puzzle #2ndaryELA
Leslie A. @teachinELA25/07/2018 07:13:41 WIB
A2: I typically do a stations activity that allows students to meet each other and me in smaller settings, move around the classroom, and avoids the amount of extensive talking "at them" that I used to do #2ndaryela
Ms. Andrews @ms_jandrews25/07/2018 07:13:46 WIB
@hsengteach @SpanglerMiddle We are moving 1:1 this year as well so that should help. #2ndaryELA
Sam Shrayder @MissShrayder25/07/2018 07:14:20 WIB
A2: I have them fill out a student inventory, and I just created a scavenger hunt for the students to figure out classroom procedures! #2ndaryela
SpanglerMiddle @SpanglerMiddle25/07/2018 07:14:30 WIB
Do you have a kind of virtual way to see screens? We have LanSchool... #2ndaryELA twitter.com/upahk/status/1…

A1: Teaching 6th grade for the first time at a 1:1 school. Thinking of a way to seat students in groups and still see screens!

Diane Lewis @teachermom31825/07/2018 07:14:55 WIB
Also photo station with crazy props, and writing station. Second day procedures and ice breakers #2ndaryELA
SpanglerMiddle @SpanglerMiddle25/07/2018 07:15:00 WIB
Q3: What routines and procedures do you teach during the first week? #2ndaryELA
Brynn Allison @literarymaven25/07/2018 07:16:00 WIB
A3: Entering and exiting room, turning things in, coming to attention, group versus independent working #2ndaryELA
SpanglerMiddle @SpanglerMiddle25/07/2018 07:16:00 WIB
A3: We develop our class expectations and then where things belong or are kept or can be found. #2ndaryELA
Shari Krapels @Mrs_Krapels25/07/2018 07:16:06 WIB
A3: I don't so much "teach" them as find ways to make our most frequent procedures clear by drawing attn to them as needed (ie bathroom pass stuff, laptop use, etc.) #2ndaryELA
Jessica Lee Ogden @jessicaleeogden25/07/2018 07:16:23 WIB
Q2: After an intro of classroom expectations, Ss explore a mysterious file of information about me for students to organize the info based on the explicit vs. implicit information they have learned to reinforce group procedures then I end with a 6-word memoir #2ndaryELA
Kaylin Upah @wanderfulwrtg25/07/2018 07:16:44 WIB
A3: Specifically for language arts, how to check out books & return them from our class library #2ndaryela
Sidney Cordie @cordie_sidney25/07/2018 07:16:47 WIB
#2NDARYELA any advice for me and my cohorts who will be working with elementary schoolers coming up this fall for student teaching?? #CI5307
Heather Stringham @hsengteach25/07/2018 07:16:49 WIB
I think it’s important to talk about how we treat each other and how to be successful during the first week. #2ndaryELA
SpanglerMiddle @SpanglerMiddle25/07/2018 07:17:28 WIB
@cordie_sidney I would recommend routine, routine, routine! :) :) #2ndaryELA
Leslie A. @teachinELA25/07/2018 07:17:28 WIB
A3: This year, I'm going to branch out my usual bathroom, warm ups, and discussion partner routines and begin with norm setting for each class and building on it for a master list #2ndaryela
Diane Lewis @teachermom31825/07/2018 07:17:33 WIB
A3 Aside from fire drill, where to turn in work, collect papers, restroom procedures, checking out books, cell phone usage, #2ndaryELA
Leslie A. @teachinELA25/07/2018 07:18:00 WIB
A3: Oh and also this year, I'll be teaching them how to properly format a document and heading in the first week #2ndaryela
Diane Lewis @teachermom31825/07/2018 07:18:03 WIB
Also talking and listening in groups, borrowing items from teacher #2ndaryELA
Shari Krapels @Mrs_Krapels25/07/2018 07:18:04 WIB
@hsengteach You make a really good point - the "how to be successful" stuff is SO important. I find that my students sometimes experience school as a thing that happens TO them - this type of thinking undoes those notions #2ndaryELA
Jeff Krapels Jr. @MrKrapels25/07/2018 07:18:27 WIB
A3: I don't teach procedures or rules in isolation. They come up naturally when the situation calls for it. I try to avoid overloading Ss with info that they may not need to know right away. My main goal is to build a routine and class culture as soon as possible. #2ndaryELA
Michaela Morris @MMofromtheNo25/07/2018 07:18:33 WIB
A3: We’re shifting towards blended learning, so expectations for tablet work/digital citizenship is a must #2ndaryela
Jessica Lee Ogden @jessicaleeogden25/07/2018 07:18:39 WIB
A3: Exceptions when entering the classroom, when and where to find supplies for lessons, how to turn in class assignments, how to clean their work space at the end of the lesson #2ndaryela
SpanglerMiddle @SpanglerMiddle25/07/2018 07:20:00 WIB
Q4: How do build community in your class? #2ndaryELA
SpanglerMiddle @SpanglerMiddle25/07/2018 07:21:00 WIB
A4: I call our "rules" agreements instead - they are what we all agree we need to be successful. #2ndaryELA
Brynn Allison @literarymaven25/07/2018 07:21:00 WIB
A4 I'm really focused on building a community of readers this yr. Students will email book selfies so I can create a bulletin board showing off their summer reads for the first day of school #2ndaryela
Shari Krapels @Mrs_Krapels25/07/2018 07:21:22 WIB
A4: Setting norms and expectations TOGETHER is a really important step in this. I teach in a really small school, so often the community aspect is already there; I try to frame things as Ss welcoming me to THEIR community #2ndaryELA
Heather Stringham @hsengteach25/07/2018 07:21:28 WIB
A4: I have done the Marshmallow building activity. Four Corners likes and dislikes. Still looking for something great. #2ndaryELA
Jessica Lee Ogden @jessicaleeogden25/07/2018 07:21:37 WIB
A4: By creating activities for Ss to learn about me as well as each other! I complete many group tasks from the beginning to practice and establish group work norms, but this also allows students the time to build our classroom community. #2ndaryela
Leslie A. @teachinELA25/07/2018 07:21:45 WIB
A4: To be honest, this has always been really hard for me after the initial first week stuff. So, I'm hoping to really move seats a lot even draw a card and find a pair at the door kind of movement and TONS of structured convos in the first few weeks #2ndaryela
Jeff Krapels Jr. @MrKrapels25/07/2018 07:21:51 WIB
A4: Frequent talk. The best part of my job is getting to know my Ss, and I try to keep a sense of humor in class, and build in a lot of opportunities for conference time. This helps me learn strengths & also builds their confidence #2ndaryELA
Brynn Allison @literarymaven25/07/2018 07:22:00 WIB
A4 cont. A 1st day/week activity will be sorting our class library into genres, identifying gaps, creating a book wishlist #2ndaryela
Kaylin Upah @wanderfulwrtg25/07/2018 07:22:15 WIB
A4: We do a lot of name games at the beginning, then getting to know each other, and finally more trust-building activities #2ndaryela
Michaela Morris @MMofromtheNo25/07/2018 07:22:54 WIB
A4: writing together and sharing our writing has been amazing for community! 1st unit is about cultural identity— eye opening! #2ndaryELA
Kristy Acevedo 📝 GONE WRITING FOR THE SUMMER ☀ @kristyace25/07/2018 07:22:56 WIB
I'm late to the party! I'm going into my 19th year teaching high school English. I also have an author website since I write YA. kristyacevedo.com #2ndaryELA
Brynn Allison @literarymaven25/07/2018 07:23:00 WIB
A4 cont. Also hoping to do one big reading event per trimester: a book tasting, blind date with a book, and reading in the wild. #2ndaryela
Mindy Hildebrand @mindyhildebrand25/07/2018 07:23:04 WIB
Hi all! 👋🏼 New here! I've been in MS for 23 years. Though I'm staying in 7/8, I'm adding on a 9th grade class this year! So excited to be in #2ndaryELA
Leslie A. @teachinELA25/07/2018 07:23:45 WIB
After the first month, I'm hoping to continue the push for them to be comfortable with ambiguity by changing groups for activities, getting them up and moving and talking, and making it a point to showcase answers to promote a sense of communal effort in the classroom #2ndaryELA
Michaela Morris @MMofromtheNo25/07/2018 07:24:05 WIB
A4: of course, breaking bread helps 😋 we frost cookies on Day 1 #2ndaryELA
Leslie A. @teachinELA25/07/2018 07:24:13 WIB
@literarymaven Me too! What is reading in the wild, though? #2ndaryela
SpanglerMiddle @SpanglerMiddle25/07/2018 07:24:34 WIB
A4: I like to do "community circles" where we pass around a talking object and discuss academic things as well as related social things. #2ndaryELA
SpanglerMiddle @SpanglerMiddle25/07/2018 07:25:00 WIB
Q5: What will be the first content lesson that you will teach? #2ndaryELA
Leslie A. @teachinELA25/07/2018 07:25:54 WIB
@hsengteach @MMofromtheNo Me too, I love the idea of sharing, but so many students are really nervous and hesitant about it. #2ndaryELA
SpanglerMiddle @SpanglerMiddle25/07/2018 07:26:00 WIB
A5: For me it's usually vocabulary for our theme/central idea unit. #2ndaryELA
Brynn Allison @literarymaven25/07/2018 07:26:00 WIB
A5 To help me get to know students and start working on writing skills, I like to do a writer's workshop using coming of age poetry theliterarymaven.com/2015/07/thinki… #2ndaryela
SpanglerMiddle @SpanglerMiddle25/07/2018 07:26:42 WIB
We play vocabulary dominoes in groups and even have a friendly competition! #2ndaryELA twitter.com/SpanglerMiddle…
Kaylin Upah @wanderfulwrtg25/07/2018 07:27:06 WIB
A5: We are using Lucy Calkins this year. Not sure what's in store first, but can't wait to see! :) #2ndaryela
Heather Stringham @hsengteach25/07/2018 07:27:16 WIB
A5: I’m starting Eng 11 with a unit defining America and Americans. Still putting it together, but I know discussing “The New Colossus” is part of it. #2ndaryELA
Jessica Lee Ogden @jessicaleeogden25/07/2018 07:28:25 WIB
A5: My first lesson is typically a 5 Elements of a Short Story review for students! #irapflocabulary #2ndaryela
Leslie A. @teachinELA25/07/2018 07:29:20 WIB
A5: Our first unit will be The Crucible I think, so maybe historical context or vocabulary, but also just a possibility of going over MLA format and in text citations #2ndaryela

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