Teaching With Minecraft EDU

I’m one of those crazies that actually enjoy professional development workshops, at least the ones that we don’t have to do every single year like blood-borne pathogens and diabetes.  Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the best professional development: Minecraft EDU. This session was based on the popular game Minecraft but with an educational [...]

Teaching Romeo and Juliet to Beginning Level English Learners

Guest Writer: Karissa Knox Sorrell Teaching English Learners who are new to the country and are non-English speakers is a challenge at every grade, but it can be particularly challenging at the high school level when students have to earn credits, pass multiple state end-of-course exams, and engage with complex texts on a daily basis. With [...]

Dissing the Family Crazies: A Christmas Story

Ahhhh… the two weeks teachers wait for that never seem to get here fast enough. I was so ready to be done with 2018 I had a collection of white flags hidden in my desk that I found myself waving ever so slightly throughout that last week of school. So as I got off of [...]

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Book Talks

Over the past five years, I have built my classroom library from just 104 books to over 1100 high-interest young adult literature spanning from realistic fiction to nonfiction to fantasy & sci-fi to historical fiction. While I routinely do Book Talks each week--among other things--to get kids interested and engaged with my classroom library, I [...]

By |2018-09-26T13:19:00-04:00September 26th, 2018|Instruction & Curriculum, Literacy|0 Comments

3 Reasons to Burn Reading Logs

On Twitter recently, I came across a post by Nicholas Emmanuele about reading logs.  He posted: I’ve seen the distaste for #reading logs recently.  Can someone define them for me? Is it the reading duration?  The regularity? The deadlines? The assignments attached to them? I’m genuinely curious what counts as a reading log and what [...]

By |2018-09-23T22:06:15-04:00September 23rd, 2018|Literacy|0 Comments