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12 Ways to Make English Class Paperless
Do you want (or need) to cut down on paper? Is there a paperless initiative at your school, a harsh photocopying limit, or new 1:1 technology in your classroom? (Or, are you simply tired of hauling 60+ journals to and from school?) Whether you’re already a...

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Survive Before, During, and After TEACHER Maternity Leave
Like any first-time-parent rookie, I foolishly imagined that prepping my sub binder wouldn't take THAT long to prepare, and that during my leisurely six-week maternity leave, I would serenely cuddle the baby while getting caught up on blog posts, reading, P...

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6 Ways to Help Seniors Write College Admissions Essays
The good news : by senior year, many teens ARE good writers who can crank out a thoughtful essay that answers the prompt. The bad news : a majority of the rough drafts I see cross my desk (as a tutor) are really NOT submission ready. Not even close. While I...

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7 Tips for Decorating English Classrooms for Teens
There are three kinds of teacher-decorators: those who were born for Pinterest , those who can’t , and all the ones in between (such as the broke, the tired, and the I-have-no-time-to-decorate). However, making a classroom appeal to middle and high school s...

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Tips for Teaching an English Elective Class
Congrats! You found out you've been assigned (or “voluntold”) to teach an elective. Maybe it's a course taught during the school day, or perhaps it’s an after-school extracurricular. ...but, what happens when that elective isn't something YOU did as a stude...

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6 Ways to Help Seniors Write College Admissions Essays
The good news : by senior year, many teens ARE good writers who can crank out a thoughtful essay that answers the prompt. The bad news : a majority of the rough drafts I see cross my desk (as a tutor) are really NOT submission ready. Not even close. While I...

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How to Help Juniors on the ACT Writing
As an ACT tutor, I hate hearing students, teachers, or parents say any of the following about an ACT or SAT essay: She's a good writer. She'll be fine. They write essays all the time. Yeah, I'm taking the writing test. It's just an essay, no big deal. Oh, t...

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Tips for Pregnant Teachers: Ideas for All Three Trimesters
Dear Pregnant Teachers and Teacher-Partners,  Congrats! You're going to be a parent, in addition to having "your" kids at school. It's going to be a fun, but sometimes difficult, ride.  Below is a list of tips specific to teaching that I couldn't find in an...

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Tips for TTC Teachers: Starting a Family (Despite Stress)
Dear Teachers-Becoming-Parents: Isn't it cute when well-meaning doctors, family members, and friends tell you to "just relax" and "cut down on your stress?" Ha. Funny. There's no cutting down on stress levels when you already "have" somewhere between 30-180...

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5 Ways to Help Students Meet Their Goals & Resolutions
Many of us teachers incorporate SMART goals, growth mindset, perseverance lessons, RTI processes, charting growth with data, or other methods to help our students improve over time. All of these pursuits are great and CAN work. My only concern with SOME sch...
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