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3 Resources to Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I have a dream." 
Could there be a more iconic phrase than this expression of hope and faith that rang out from the steps of the Washington Memorial more than 50 years ago? Analyzing this famous speech is hands down one of my favorite activities to do as a Language Arts teacher. I relish leading my students through a close read to learn from a master how to embed rhetorical devices into writing and to appreciate how one man's words can embody a movement.

Teacher Toolbox DIY

Make it Monday! Teacher's Toolboxes are one of my favorite projects. I always make a new one for incoming teachers to my grade level and department. I like this one so much though, I am not sure I can give it away!

I am a bit late to the pineapple craze that has been sweeping Instagram and Pinterest, but I have to say that this pineapple tropical themed Teacher's Toolbox is hands down one of my favorites. I am in love with the vibrant colors and watercolor look of the labels. Just looking at it makes me happy!

How to Manage Absent Student Work

Absences happen. Students get sick, families have emergencies, players leave for sports games or field trips, counselor and nurse visits abound, etc. Having a set procedure for how to collect absent student work, how to ensure that work ends up in the student's hands once they return, and how to grade and record the work once the student hands it back is vital for a well managed and productive classroom.

Below are some tips on how to manage absent student work.


Sticky Note Writing Checklists

My friends and family can let you in on a well-known secret: I am obsessed with coffee with peppermint mocha creamer, Flair pens, Astrobright papers, and Post-it notes. Those moments where I can work on a task that incorporates all four of these things makes me ridiculously giddy. Whether I am grading essays, setting up the family budget, or lesson planning, just give my essential four and we are good to go!

This quirky obsession actually created a delightful morning of grading my 7th graders' rough draft essays of The Giver the other day. Coffee in hand and Flair pen at the ready, I was ready to tackle the daunting stack, but I was missing one thing - my Writing Checklist Post-it notes! I rushed to my desk to print off a set, and let me tell you, it took less than four minutes to run off these colorful little beauties! The wonders of being organized.

FREE Kindness Sentence Types Task Cards

     Kind: to be generous, helpful, and think about other people's feelings. 

Being kind is such a simple notion. Kindness is one of the most rewarding things we humans can do, yet being kind also seems to be one of the most challenging aspects in our society today. Our students are inundated with the outrageous, the obscene, the spectacle, and the drama in almost every media outlet available to them. All too often, this information focuses more on how to roast someone, or ridicule them, than on being gracious and kind. Therefore, I spend A LOT of time focusing on kindness in my classroom. I not only try to model kindness, but I also try to sprinkle examples of kindness throughout my lessons. I embed quotes that feature kind phrases and thoughts, assign short reading assignments that highlight a random act of kindness, show a video clip that illustrates kindness in action, and even assign grammar activities that revolve around "kind" sentences.

The 2016 election and upcoming inauguration have underscored American society's need for an immediate emphasis on respect, honor, and KINDNESS. Thus, I have linked up with some amazing teachers from Secondary Smorgasbord to offer all of our amazing blog followers a set of FREE resources that focus on truth and kindness. Just follow the link at the bottom of this post to hop around and grab a plethora of great resources!