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Organization is the Answer



If you've read my blog, browsed my instagram, seen pictures of my classroom, or checked out my teacherspayteachers store, you know that organization is my jam! Like seriously. I LOVE ORGANIZATION.

Don't say it. Don't do it. The dreaded, "It's impossible for me to be organized" It is possible. I'm here to help you out.


Keeping Your Sanity Heading into the Holidays


Thanks for checking in for another stop on our 12 Days of Christmas blog hop! Today, Nouvelle ELA and I are offering up some suggestions for how to stay sane with the holidays happening!


It's that time of year again: the holiday season. As this time of year rolls around, I know that our schedule starts to get a little crazy, and our students start feeling a little restless.

Teach Box for ELA


Do you like subscription boxes like birchbox, ipsy, barkbox, or others? Do you teach English? If your answer to these two questions is yes then you're going to LOVE teach box! When this picture pops up in your inbox, you know it's going to be a good day!

Teach Box is a subscription based "box" that is curated for English teachers, and it's awesome! These are the lessons that you wish you were using when your administration walks in for an observation visit.

Interactive Notebooks: Writing


Interactive Notebooks for High School English has been a labor of love. There is so much information to share, and sometimes I get so wrapped up in actually using our interactive notebook that I forget to share the values and challenges with you. Sorry.

I know you've been waiting a while, so here it is: the writing section of our interactive notebook. This is a dark place that I once dared not to tread. :( I'm going to be honest; teaching writing isn't my strong point. I spend a lot of time researching and trying new ways of teaching writing. So, be forewarned that this section isn't as pretty or manicured or "perfected" (not that any of the other sections are); this section is a messy work in progress.

5 Books that you won't want to put down


Do you ever experience book hangover? You know what I mean: when you finish a book and realize that you're left feeling empty because there isn't a sequel (or it hasn't been released yet). I've got a serious case of book hangover right now. Because I know that everyone enjoys a good book hangover ;) and is continually expanded their "to read" lists, I'm going to share what I've been reading lately.



Interactive Notebooks: Literature

Y'all week one was TOUGH for me. I'm sorry that I didn't get this posted sooner, but I've been riding the struggle bus for about two weeks now. Ok, I'm done with my excuses, here's the content. :)

Back to Interactive Notebooks for High School English. Five down, four to go. We've looked at the person, skills, content, informational texts (article of the week), and reading response sections. The next section up is literature. This section really is the meat of our notebook.

Interactive Notebooks: Reading Response



We're on to the next section of Interactive Notebooks for High School English.

So this is how reading responses usually go....student "reads" the book, student looks up summary on amazon or sparknotes, student "borrows" that information to write a summary, and student hand in the "summary". Y'all, if I never saw another book "summary" for independent reading it would be too soon.


I hated reading them. That's honesty y'all. Hated. It. 1. I had either already read the book and knew what happened. 2. I had been wanting to read the book, and now it was ruined. 3. I didn't want to read the book, but could have gotten the same summary that they submitted from an online source if I wanted to. Ick.
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