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20 Nail-Biting Books for Teens: Scary or Thrilling Titles
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.  Some students are ready for stories that are action-packed, spooky, or just plain scary. Halloween is a great time to put these titles out for display and let teenagers tiptoe into horror or thrillers. I rece...

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20+ Graphic Novels that English Teachers Love
Ever look around the graphic novel section of a library or bookstore and wonder which ones should ACTUALLY go into your classroom shelves? Fear not, for 20 of us English teachers have gathered to share our top favorites with you. Some are adaptations of cla...

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4 Tech Tricks to Teach in English Class
What if we told you that a few careful clicks could help students turn in higher-quality work, and therefore save YOU some precious grading time?  The following technology hacks are short, doable skills that any English teacher can (or, perhaps, should?) te...

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16 Books that Build Empathy for Refugees, Immigrants, and Marginalized Voices
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. It has never been more important to build empathy for all of humanity, and we know that characters are some of the best teachers we can give our students. The following novels help a secondary classroom includ...

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5 Diagnostics to Get to Know Your English Classes
The first few weeks of a school year (or new semester), we have to learn way more than just students' names. In an increasingly data-driven world of education that wants teachers to quantify OR demonstrate growth over time, it's beneficial to get some basel...

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How I Teach Grammar (The Grammar House Cup)
I was desperate for a better way to teach grammar. On my end, I was overwhelmed with how much I needed to teach: how to get it all done and how to do so logically. For my students, I was concerned about their engagement (not tuning out or getting bored) AND...

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16 Books to Start Your (Secondary) Classroom Library
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. I'm currently on the hunt to improve my classroom library, so I turned to some of my fellow English teachers on Instagram and asked them what THEY considered to be can't-miss books. And here are thei...

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7 Bad Health Habits that Sabotaged my Teaching
Tired of feeling hungry, achy, and sleep-deprived during the school year? Me too. But it wasn’t until I took a year off from teaching that I realized which HEALTH habits were undermining my ability to teach better. (There are some things that not even coffe...

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21 Nonfiction Books for Secondary ELA Classrooms
Tell me if this sounds familiar: sometimes it's tough to get middle and high school students to go outside their comfort zones for reading nonfiction. They assume the book is too long, too difficult, or too boring, and many students stick to super-short bio...

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9 Literary Outfits for English Teachers
Teacher fashion is a whole different game than most of the "office" outfits that magazines and fashionistas say we can "wear to work". Working in education is so PHYSICAL that we have to think about more factors than just professionalism and modesty, such a...
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