Learning to type is a key skill for students. When students are able to type effectively, they are better able to write quickly and to not get caught up in the physical mechanics of typing. There are lots of incredible, free, typing resources on the Internet. I particularly like typing games that provide words instead of just letters. It feels weird just randomly hitting letters on the keyboard when they aren't part of words! Here are 4 typing lessons and games I particularly enjoy!
Reading with your class is key part of literacy! All students come into our class with different reading abilities and we need to plan so that all students find success in the reading activity. Here are 5 pre-reading strategies to help all learners get ready to read the text!
Pre-writing and planning are the first two steps in the writing process (pre-writing, planning, writing, revising, editing, and publishing) and yet many students struggle with this step. A good plan helps students get their ideas down, helps them break the large writing process into manageable chunks, and keeps them on track. Keep reading for 5 ways to help students plan their writing.
It's time to do our first weekly round-up! This is a great place to find resources without needing to scour the internet yourself. Today's topic is incredible writing prompt resources. There is a good variety below, including video prompts, writing prompt generators, and picture writing prompts. Keep reading for 5 incredible writing prompt resources!
Talking is part of literacy too! Debate is a great activity for students to practice talking. Plus, students can take the skills that they learn for supporting their point during debate and apply it to their writing. Not to mention that many middle school students just love to argue. With that in mind, here are 15 fun debate topics to try in your middle school classroom this year.
Teaching is hard work. Between teaching all day, parent contacts, prepping, and marking, it seems like the work could go on forever. I, like most teachers, feel the crunch of too many things to do and not enough time. While I definitely do not have the answers, there are some tricks I wish I had known in my first year or teaching. Here are 6 tips to try to have a better work-life balance as a new teacher.
Editing is the 5th stage of the writing process (prewriting, planning, writing, revising, editing, and publishing). Yet, many students completely ignore this step. Here are 6 strategies on how to encourage students to edit their work.
Publishing student work is the last of the 6 steps of the writing process (prewriting, planning, writing, revising, editing, publishing). But what exactly does publishing mean and how do you best do it? When students publish their work, it allows others the chance to read it. It can be a source of pride for students to share their work with others encourages students to always try their best. Keep reading for 7 ways to publish student work!
Teaching our students to be articulate is also a part of literacy. While some students seem to already to pros at this, there are others that could use some practice with talking on a topic (and staying on it) and there are others that need a bit of practice with formulating their ideas and being able to talk about one thing for an extended period of time. There are also students that need to build confidence talking in front of others. Keep reading for some ideas on how to get students talking and some prompts to get them started!
From the time that they are young, kids are incredibly creative. Toddlers, preschoolers, and grade-school children play in their imagination all the time. As students get older, their imaginative play decreases, but their imagination remains. Why not use this to generate ideas for your students writing topics! Keep reading for 4 drama-based activities that would work as a brainstorming sessions for your next writing prompt.