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Kasey Kiehl
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Do This, Not That: 7 Literacy Practices to Ditch and How to Replace Them
We've all done it, reflected back on something we used  to do while teaching that we would never do again.  When I look back at some of the teaching practices I've used, it literally makes me cringe.  Does it mean we were bad teachers?  No.  I'm a believer ...

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Favorite Beginning of the Year Foundation Lessons
When it comes to teaching reading and writing to middle school students, it's overwhelming to know where to start with what to teach them.  Below I'm going to recap a few of my favorite lessons to teach within the first two months of the school year. Lesson...

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5 Tips for Your Classroom Library
A classroom library is the heart of any classroom not just for elementary teachers, but for middle school teachers, too!  Below you will find some tips in how to set up, maintain, and use your classroom library across the school year. Tip One: Organize with...

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What should a literacy classroom at the middle school level look like every single day?

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Poetry Workshop
You know that collective sigh, the one that choruses around the room when you enthusiastically announce, "Class, the next unit we'll be entering into is poetry!"  If poetry is taught the right way, students should be cheering at the thought of a Poetry Work...

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Rubrics, graphic organizers, lessons plans, anchor charts, and more for teaching poetry to your middle school students.

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Get your students to think like the capable readers and writers they are.

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Six Reasons to Use Mentor Sentences to Build Student Writers
My first year of teaching I was handed grammar worksheets of concepts I was supposed to "cover" with my students.  As I paged through the worksheets I felt panic swell up in my chest because I didn't know what half of the words meant.  Was I not qualified f...

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Teach students why writers use commas so that they can transfer this knowledge into their writing.
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