Teaching My Friends!
By the time my friends reach 4th and 5th grade, there are some things that should be non-issues. There are some things I should not have to spend instructional time on. Basics. Thus was born the No Excuses list. Each year, after the first couple of weeks of school, I do a quick intro to the No Excuses list. This is a chart of things that, by the time they get to 4th or 5th grade, a student can reasonably be expected to be responsible for doing. Things like starting sentences with capital…
Anchor Charts for Writing
If you would've asked me my thoughts about using anchor charts in the classroom a few years ago, I would've said something along the lines o...
Why I Use Mentor Sentences to Teach Writing in my High School English Classroom
Making Meaning with Melissa: middle & high school English, tried and true tips, lesson ideas, book recs, classroom resources, paperless classroom.
The Compliments Project | Cult of Pedagogy
If you want to build trust in your classroom, you need to see this video about a powerful activity where students give compliments in an unforgettable way.
Descriptive Writing FREEBIE: Grades 6-10
This descriptive writing activity is a sample of my Descriptive Writing Mini-Unit. There are two descriptive writing activities included in this download that are designed to help students write with stronger verbs and adjectives. Find the Full Version Here: Descriptive Writing Mini-Unit - CCSS Al...