Using Paint Strips to Teach Connotation

Connotation: an idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning, according to Google. Connotation, to me, answers the question, "How deeply does this word make me feel a certain emotion? The word "bad" has a negative connotation to it, yet so does the word "devastating". Yet, English teachers … Continue reading Using Paint Strips to Teach Connotation

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Time Saving Hacks For The Overwhelmed Teacher

Teaching can be wonderful, teaching can be transformative, and teaching can be down-right overwhelming. The duties and responsibilities placed on the shoulders of a teacher are rivaled by very few other professions. Add in teacher guilt and it's a perfect recipe for pulling 50-70 hour weeks in a desperate attempt to keep the classroom operating. … Continue reading Time Saving Hacks For The Overwhelmed Teacher

“Check-Ins” That Allow Student Ownership of Education

If there is anything that I am a huge advocate for, it's student ownership of their education. Allowing students to take ownership over their education solves various issues that arise year after year such as apathy towards grades and behavior problems in the classroom. Students that are in charge of what they are learning, and … Continue reading “Check-Ins” That Allow Student Ownership of Education

The Truth About Teaching Middle School

The Dark AgesDuring my college years, there always seemed to be some dark aura around the words "middle school". Everyone revered these teachers who would brave the task of teaching children stuck somewhere between the warm fuzzies of elementary school and the logical thinkers of high school. At my first student teaching placement, I remember … Continue reading The Truth About Teaching Middle School