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Good morning! What are your favorite 4th grade novels?

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What is your favorite activity that helps students with writing in ap Lang?

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What types of stories do you find resonate the most with your students?

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I decided that in the fall I want to change up how we work on college essays and focus more heavily on creative non-fiction as a literary form in general, then change that over to using these strategi… more

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What's your ultimate favorite text to teach & why!

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Any fellow ELA teachers who actually used to hate reading? I despised it until college. What book did you dislike in school but love now? Mine is Frankenstein!

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What sorts of projects do your students seem to really prefer? I offer a nice little assortment to choose from for each book we read but am looking for a few more.

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Hi, I’m looking for some English classes. I’d like to keep my focus on business and some cultural languages. Preferred west coast time. Please DM if you have more questions. Thank you.

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Hi, friends! Could you please help me out with collecting some data about teacher morale? I am here as an advocate for all teachers! It is a very short survey! Thank you!docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAI… more

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Book suggestions for seventh grade?

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New to teaching ELA in middle school. I have this summer for professional development… I need to focus on blooms taxonomy, UBD, and success criteria checklists. Any suggestions?

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I have been offered 2 jobs: middle school and high school (freshman). Which would you take and why?

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Small request: Can we please stop teaching alliteration as a figurative language when it’s clearly a sound device?!! 🤦🏻‍♀️

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I need interesting and engaging writing activities for 7-9th grade students. I am looking for both narrative or information activities that can be done in writing workshops.

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I'm considering switching out A Prayer for Owen Meany for Mudbound for my AP Literature summer reading. Is anyone out there teaching Mudbound by Hillary Jordan? I'd like some professional fe… more

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Next year I'd like to teach my students how to recognize when they actually need support and ask clarifying questions rather than just blurting out "I need help" or "I don't und… more

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I try to give my students feedback forms throughout the year. I teach on-level 10th grade English. There are some kids that just won’t write anything. They write “idk” or “nothing” in every question. … more

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I am going to be teaching summer school to ninth grade English students. Any good resources for punctuation, capitalization and grammar printable resources out there?

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Starting a new position in the fall at a new district—I’m going to be a literacy coach after 10 years of teaching. I would greatly appreciate any advice/tips you have for my going into this new role.

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What’s the best thing you’ve done for your classroom management? I teach 10th grade English. I’m young and look younger than I am. Next year will be my 3rd year teaching. My classroom management was b… more

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What % of your students have difficulty with reading? Have you asked if parents had difficulties with reading? Dyslexia is more common than we realize, and I would love to know if you use any specific… more

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How do you get students to extend their writing voluntarily, without setting a minimum number of sentences/pages? It’s frustrating to say, “Write a paragraph about xyz,” and the first thing kids say i… more

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What do you think of IXL? Our district has a subscription and is really pushing the diagnostic this year (it’s replacing CAASP testing). I’m now trying to use the post-diagnostic suggestions to retrai… more

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Does anyone have any suggestions for a strong reading intervention to use as a summer school boot camp program? We are looking at Focused Reading but would like to trial others!

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Anybody ever shown The Crucible? If so, which one? Did it follow the story closely?

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I love doing found poetry in a few of my units, and the kids really get into it. We do the type where you get cut up words and arrange them into a poem. I can't do it with my general sophomores, t… more

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Is there any place here that acts as a repository for shared resources?

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I got an email last night from a 7th-grade parent because her son said I mentioned the words "male privilege" in class, and she is very concerned about how that is related to ELA (she said &… more

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What are some unique things your department head does that are awesome.

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exchange rates for every currency, It’s basically involves predicting of rate of stock market commodities, the closer your prediction the more money you earn.

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Do your students read more poetry than they write or write more poetry than they read?

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English Nerd Moment! Who is your favorite author to read & who is your favorite author to teach? I'll go first: Read = Ann Martin (Babysitter's Club, it's still one of my favorite read… more

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Why do American schools continue to teach Brit Lit to seniors when we can cover that in World Lit? Wouldn't that open up for other types of literature? African American Lit, mythology, etc.? Thoug… more

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Have you even felt completely grilled in an interview? I feel as if one of the interviewers didn’t want to see me succeed in the process.

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I have got to tell you all a funny story: I sometimes teach Elie Wiesel’s Night in World Literature. There is a character whose name is “Idek.” You would be astonished by the amount of bright & g… more

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Has anyone used the Hochman method for teaching writing (Writing Revolution) or attended a National Writing project program?

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