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I need wisdom! We spent a week learning POV and my kids as a whole didn't do well. So I decided to spend more time on the topic. I'm going to reassess them. Should I give the exact same quiz? … more

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What are your thoughts on popcorn reading? I've used it heavily in the past but lately, I've been reconsidering it because of the discomfort/embarrassment it may cause for weaker readers.

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Have you ever reached out to a transfer student’s previous teacher / school if you notice immediate concerns or do you ask your office / social worker to obtain a student file?

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Does anyone have a good term paper topic for seniors? It needs to be persuasive/argumentative in nature.

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I hate the English teacher I am turning into. I feel like this year is already breaking me down! And it’s only September! Is anyone else feeling this way? If you are, where do you go for support?

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Have you noticed a lower reading level than usual in your classes? Are you adjusting the selection of texts you read to account for this?

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First day of school read aloud suggestions for 6th grade? What are some of your favorites?

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Is there any writing prompts that stand out to you in the responses you get from students? Preferably ones that are outside the box, but I'd love to hear some tried and true traditional ones too!

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I never feel any kind of spark of inspiration when it comes to decorating my classroom. Anyone have ideas for themes I could use as a starting point?

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I need some strategies! When I introduce a text I use choral reading and whisper reading to guarantee students actually read the text. After an initial read, we go back and annotate to understand the … more

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Does anyone have any fun vocabulary games or activities?

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What is your least favorite literary term? One that confuses everyone & isn't even used that often but still shows up on the AP exam sometimes.

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What sort of books do you remember the most from when you were in school? Was it the stories that resonated with you or the assignments/lessons around it?

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What are some fun ideas for projects about describing setting? I was going to have them create travel brochures about the setting of a story of their choice but I think this might be overdone.

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What reading programs or challenges have been really successful at your school?

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Hi! Anyone on here purchase a Little Library straight from the site? If so, how long did it take to come?? I told my principal I’d like us to get one to our outside of the school this year.

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What is the first book your class reads? Does it change each year or is it always your go-to? Is there an important reason you choose to do that text first?

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I'm a first time Junior English teacher. What are some tips for differentiating an honors class from a regular class?

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Any suggestions for good grammar books or lesson plans? I’m looking to update my grammar instruction beyond just correcting a sentence from the board.

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Looking for suggestions about what to do if a student returns to school and they have not completed the required summer reading. Our curriculum for half of the first nine weeks revolves this book.

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I'd like to chat with someone who has taught multi-grade ELA classrooms at the HIGH SCHOOL level. If there is such a person or such a thing.

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What in-class discussion (planned or not) has resonated with you as one of the best/most productive you've seen, especially related to a book or assignment?

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What strategies and tools do you use when dealing with texts that contain more mature or sensitive topics?

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What are your favorite icebreakers for this year? As a teacher activity with administration

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Looking to start a book club for my 8th graders. Looking for some suggestions for highly engaging novels.

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So excited for our new curriculum. Is anyone using American Reading Company? I piloted the Civil Rights unit last year and loved it. Any insight or ideas would be appreciated

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Hi! Has anyone ever done Battle of the Books with their students? If so, can you tell me your experience? (I teach 6th grade ELA) I put this in three bowls so please excuse if you see this post mor… more

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Have any of you read the new Beers and Probst book, Forged by Reading? If so, can we start a discussion? What is your best takeaway from your reading? Did you have any ah-ha moments?

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Does anyone know of a cheaper alternative to TurnItIn??

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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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