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Erika Forth
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Resources for Bringing Poetry to Life: Part 1
We all know students are resistant to poetry.  Maybe it's because it takes real brain power to understand and appreciate it.  Maybe because they've sadly been forced to read poetry silently and haven't been able to learn to enjoy it. I don't know about you,...
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Book Review: Stella by Starlight
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper When the Ku Klux Klan's unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella's segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice in this Depression-era tour de force from Sharon Draper, the New York Times bestselling author of Out...
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Happy Easter Sale!
"Peep' into my store on Easter Day (Sunday, April 5th) for a 20% sale on all of my items! This is a great time to stock up on novel or short story units as the year winds down and we start planning for the next.  Many other sellers will have their stores on...
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Friday Flashback
It's the last Friday of the month, so I'm linking up with Julie Faulkner of Faulkner's Fast Five to share the top 5 highlights from my month with you. My boyfriend's daughter using her ingenious "broom method" to clean off my car. 1. March snow days! This h...
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Movie Clip Monday: Women's Suffrage "Bad Romance" Parody
In honor of March being Women's Rights month, for this  Movie Clip Monday  I would like to share with you this AMAZING women's suffrage parody of Lady Gaga's Bad Romance.  It is amazing all around and perfect to show as a morning meeting or before reading o...
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TPT Tips: Why You MUST Have a Cover
Admit it: There isn't anyone in this world who doesn't enjoy window shopping.  I don't care what it is - clothes, shoes, purses, electronics, furniture.  We see it, we want it. Same goes for TeachersPayTeachers.  TPT is the ultimate window shopping experien...
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Keep 'em Focused on St. Patrick's Day: History.com Website
I don't know about you, but holidays are rough for me at school.  It doesn't matter what holiday it is, or what day of the week it is.  The kids are just riled up.  It doesn't help that in our district, prepping for the state test is the only thing that mat...
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Photos for TPT Products
Photographs.  They add interest to blog posts and make it instantly pinnable.  They make PowerPoint products for TPT more vivid and help illustrate the concept.  However, finding beautiful photographs that are licensed for commercial use can be a quite the ...
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Movie Clip Monday - Dead Poet's Society
I love a good movie clip.  It can introduce a lesson, reinforce a concept, motivate students, or show students how their learning applies to real life.  So I've joined up with Techie Turtle Teacher's link-up to promote great movie clips to use in the classr...
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The New Middle School Novel: Part 1
We teach books for a variety of reasons - because they are sitting there in tubs in the library, because it's what the other teachers teach, because it's what we read in middle school.  And that's fine.  But there are no hard and fast rules saying we have t...
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