White Elephant Book Exchange In Your Classroom

Why do a white elephant book exchange in my classroom? Doing a white elephant book exchange is a fun holiday and community building activity for students! If you’ve never done it before, it can be amazing to get students in the holiday spirit while refreshing their home libraries. Every student who brings a book, getsContinue reading “White Elephant Book Exchange In Your Classroom”

Favorite Poe Stories to Teach for Secondary ELA

One of my favorite authors to teach this time of year is Edgar Allan Poe. My 8th grade students are absolutely fascinated with the macabre and spooky – and I’ll admit it, I am too! There’s a reason why Poe has been taught in English classrooms for decades – he’s the master of mystery andContinue reading “Favorite Poe Stories to Teach for Secondary ELA”

My Alternative to AR (Accelerated Reader) for Secondary ELA

AR hopes to solve the age old question: How do we motivate students to read? For primary grades, a points-based system for students can be fun. “Gamifying” something “boring” like reading can help some students. However, in my opinion, AR for secondary ELA (6th-12th grades) falls short. Disadvantages of AR: The disadvantages of AR inContinue reading “My Alternative to AR (Accelerated Reader) for Secondary ELA”