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Using transition words in persuasive writing anchor chart.

Using transition words in persuasive writing anchor chart.

Activities .&. links to help kids make the transition to middle school .. [My Son 'CRASHED' after the 3rd week of school .. WE had an IEP with the School Staff .but. they REALLY did NOT LISTEN to Me .or. His In-Home Counselors !!! .. Get a Advocate thru the School System if You can .. to be at all Your Child's IEP's / Conferences .. ALWAYS Good to Have '2 sets' of Ears .&. SUPPORT !!! ]

Moving Up to Middle School

Activities .&. links to help kids make the transition to middle school .. [My Son 'CRASHED' after the 3rd week of school .. WE had an IEP with the School Staff .but. they REALLY did NOT LISTEN to Me .or. His In-Home Counselors !!! .. Get a Advocate thru the School System if You can .. to be at all Your Child's IEP's / Conferences .. ALWAYS Good to Have '2 sets' of Ears .&. SUPPORT !!! ]

In “Sneak Peek,” students ages 14 and up analyze literature and visually demonstrate their comprehension of details. Using the Stop Motion Studio app, they create a book trailer promoting its imagery, symbolism, or theme. Students select a scene they feel best illustrates their point and then create a storyboard before making their video. The class then watches and discusses everyone’s creations. For more lesson ideas, use this free book: http://apple.co/BookTrailer

In “Sneak Peek,” students ages 14 and up analyze literature and visually demonstrate their comprehension of details. Using the Stop Motion Studio app, they create a book trailer promoting its imagery, symbolism, or theme. Students select a scene they feel best illustrates their point and then create a storyboard before making their video. The class then watches and discusses everyone’s creations. For more lesson ideas, use this free book: http://apple.co/BookTrailer

Getting to know each of your students in your first days of school is the best way to begin building strong relationships. This is a fun activity to get kids to open up...make sure to share about yourself as well! I boystowntraining.org

First Day of School Activities for Big Kids

Getting to know each of your students in your first days of school is the best way to begin building strong relationships. This is a fun activity to get kids to open up...make sure to share about yourself as well! I boystowntraining.org

Bulletin board I put up in my classroom this year for my high school world history class. It includes a map of the world and people who have made a difference in world history.

Bulletin board I put up in my classroom this year for my high school world history class. It includes a map of the world and people who have made a difference in world history.

Blog post - 25 ways to make GRADING less painful. Join the conversation!

Blog post - 25 ways to make GRADING less painful. Join the conversation!

High school classroom organization: Arranging the desks this way makes it easy for students to form pairs or groups of four.

High school classroom organization: Arranging the desks this way makes it easy for students to form pairs or groups of four.

Teachinghistory.org is designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) has created Teachinghistory.org with the goal of making history content, teaching strategies, resources, and research accessible.

Teachinghistory.org is designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) has created Teachinghistory.org with the goal of making history content, teaching strategies, resources, and research accessible.

We have rounded up some geeky teachers who might be too awesome for school.

We have rounded up some geeky teachers who might be too awesome for school.

If poetry is taught the right way, students should be cheering at the thought of a Poetry Workshop day.  This blog post outlines the "why" of Poetry Workshop along with tips and tricks that I have picked up to make any poetry unit a raging success in your middle school classroom.

If poetry is taught the right way, students should be cheering at the thought of a Poetry Workshop day. This blog post outlines the "why" of Poetry Workshop along with tips and tricks that I have picked up to make any poetry unit a raging success in your middle school classroom.

I am in love with this idea.  Check out the video on this post.  WHAT a great teacher.    After almost nonstop requests to play the 70 Million video by Hold Your Horses, the class decided it would be fun to recreate the video using our own artwork selections.

I am in love with this idea. Check out the video on this post. WHAT a great teacher. After almost nonstop requests to play the 70 Million video by Hold Your Horses, the class decided it would be fun to recreate the video using our own artwork selections.

Pop-Up Toasts: A Last Day of School Activity that teaches PVLEGS, Character, and Classiness

Pop-Up Toasts: A Last Day of School Activity that teaches PVLEGS, Character, and Classiness

How to Do Learning Centers for Middle Schools thumbnail - differentiating by more than just having different mini-labs

How to Set Up Learning Centers in a Middle School Classroom

How to Do Learning Centers for Middle Schools thumbnail - differentiating by more than just having different mini-labs

First Day of Middle School  I ask my students this each year...their answers are always honest. Using a sticky note is a great way to help make ideas concrete!

First Day of Middle School I ask my students this each year...their answers are always honest. Using a sticky note is a great way to help make ideas concrete!

Make your lessons memorable with the free ipad app, Texting Story. This digital tool is a great way to get your students thinking, creating and writing while using technology in the classroom.

Make Your Lessons Memorable with the Texting Story App

Make your lessons memorable with the free ipad app, Texting Story. This digital tool is a great way to get your students thinking, creating and writing while using technology in the classroom.

print out and put in your art room. reminds middle and high school students to NOT use the colors straight out of the bottle. only "little kids" do that. helps them come up with more custom and sophisticated colors.

print out and put in your art room. reminds middle and high school students to NOT use the colors straight out of the bottle. only "little kids" do that. helps them come up with more custom and sophisticated colors.