4 Great Results From Competitive Teams in Middle School

There are many ways to run a classroom and in general, positive reinforcement systems work well for me.  I have written before about my ticket system that I have used for many years with great success. But this year was... different.  Now that we are on the other side of the pandemic, students a…

Open House in Middle School

Now that the first month is under our belts, we will soon have an Open House.  At my school, we have 15-minute periods so parents can travel their child's schedule and learn about the most important things to know for each class. I don't know about you, but repeating the same thing with a…

Helping Students Make Gains in Middle School ELA

As we all know, school districts are consumed with standardized test statistics.  They use these statistics to charge teachers with ensuring that all students reach the achievement level set forth by the state. It's a completely reasonable goal to want your students to reach a level of achiev…

Stop the Missing Work Avalanche

My middle school students are master procrastinators!  They will put off absolutely everything and anything to the absolute last moment and then expect me to work some extensive overtime on their behalf.  Now don't get me wrong - I want the students to master the standards and be able to show…