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Michelle Brezek
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Braving the Wilderness
On Thursday evening, scrolling through my facebook feed, I came across a friend's post that stated his children (middle/high school) were not spoken to about Parkside. I immediately felt embarrassed, because Thursday I did not speak to my middle school kids...
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#Arbonne30 completed and sustainable!
A few years ago (2012, damn, that was a long time ago!) I competed a Whole 30. This is a program that is a jump start to the Paleo lifestyle. It's an elimination diet. With this program you eliminate dairy, alcohol, grains, legumes, added sugar, Carrageen, ...
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Live Free
As you all know, I'm a teacher, and I love what I do. I love teaching kids. I love creating readers and writers out of them. I love being around people all the time, especially middle school teachers, who, like the kids we teach, are a unique tribe of peopl...
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Winter break for DAZE
I am really loving Christmas break this year. We worked up until the 22nd of December, and while that was hard to be so busy preparing for Christmas without having many days off, I made it work. Fast forward traveling, seeing family, celebrating Christmas, ...
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one little word 2018
Hola friends, happy new year to you and your families! I hope you had a fantastic break! I'm reveling in the fact that I'm still on mine (we practically worked up until Christmas!) and so now I'm home from Christmas travels and have a few days to relax and ...
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conferring matters
Now that we've finished our Literary Essay unit in Writing Workshop, we're back in a reading unit, so our writing toggles back to blogging. This week, kiddos are writing a post inspired by the word PERFECT. (Thank you #TeachWrite and #DWHabit for the idea!)...
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the perfect teaching neighbor
This week students will write blog posts inspired by the word perfect. Here's what that might look like! There are many ways you could describe the perfect teaching neighbor... Musical: Silly: Hardcore: Engaging: You've met my perfect teaching neighbor - Ms...
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Actionable Steps
My coteacher, Andrea, and I are wrapping up a literary analysis paper with our middle school kiddos. One of our colleagues shared an awesome organizer for analyzing quotes from a text... TIQA. Kids write a TOPIC, INTRODUCE the quote they found, include the ...
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from striving to thriving - a giveaway!
It's time to coin a new phrase, friends. No more 'struggling' readers - let's change our mindset and go with 'striving' readers. In their new book, Stephanie Harvey and Annie Ward have just this point to make, and share with us how we can move our readers  ...
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making small groups work in the middle
I'm 15 years into teaching and I've finally figured out small groups in the middle school classroom. Of course, I've been seeing small groups in some way or another over the years, but they haven't been as systematic as I've finally figured out this year. I...
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