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Celebrating Black Authors

We live in a wonderfully diverse world. Our classrooms should reflect this diversity in what and how we teach as well as the resources we make available to our students. This celebration should be year round but there are occasions when we need to make a dilligent effort to celebrate specific groups. During Black History… Continue reading Celebrating Black Authors

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8 or so Teaching Apps or Websites Worth Using Now

Not sure about you but after the last few years I have massive tech fatigue? I can't learn a new platform, even if it seems amazing. Am planning on keeping it simple this year. Feel like less (complicated) is more, given what we are all up against. If it is not easy to learn/intuitive (for… Continue reading 8 or so Teaching Apps or Websites Worth Using Now

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Finding Books for Your in Class Library

Getting inventory You can of course buy them yourself but first… Start with your department or board (literacy consultants if you have them). Perhaps there is money earmarked for new books, or initiatives (equity or those for struggling readers). Talk to your principal or department head. I agreed to spearhead a research driven initiative to… Continue reading Finding Books for Your in Class Library

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8 Strategies to Support Choice Reading in the Secondary Classroom

Setting students up for independent reading success can be difficult. It requires going beyond opening the book shelf and saying "and go." Finding a book (and even curating a list of books) they want to read can be difficult for a teen.  For ways to find books for your students see the bottom of the… Continue reading 8 Strategies to Support Choice Reading in the Secondary Classroom

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Free 2ndary ELA Resources

Last updated: 1-2-2021 I have tried to curate resources that can be used in my high school English classroom. You can find your own by accessing the author's website as many authors provide free texts on their website. Being on this list is not necessarily an endorsement. Please ensure the content is both appropriate for… Continue reading Free 2ndary ELA Resources

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5 Tips for Parents: Strategies to Support Your Reluctant Writer

It is always difficult when a child struggles. It is especially difficult when that struggle is in something as important as literacy. According to the International Literacy Association there are many negative effects of poor literacy skills: Unfortunately the only way to get better at writing is to write. So what can you do to… Continue reading 5 Tips for Parents: Strategies to Support Your Reluctant Writer