This is a packet of forms/handouts that I use the first week of school. I teach high school English but this could be adapted for junior high school and for other subjects as well. Included are:  A two page Classroom Contract  Reading Survey  Writing Survey  English Enrollment Form – I get their basic contact information and then I get a survey of their interests on that form.  Introduction of a Classmate Activity

This is a packet of forms/handouts that I use the first week of school. I teach high school English but this could be adapted for junior high school and for other subjects as well. Included are: A two page Classroom Contract Reading Survey Writing Survey English Enrollment Form – I get their basic contact information and then I get a survey of their interests on that form. Introduction of a Classmate Activity

Musings from the Middle School: Article of the Week

Musings from the Middle School: Article of the Week

Ultimate list of educational websites

Ultimate list of educational websites

Presto Plans Blog: Bulletin Board Ideas For Middle & High School English

Presto Plans Blog: Bulletin Board Ideas For Middle & High School English

Cool pics of idioms

Cool pics of idioms

Don't let your literature anthology dictate the short stories you read with your middle school and high school students. There are so many wonderful short stories out there, many of which can be used to teach a variety of literary elements and paired with other texts. Read on for 13 of my favorites, which literary terms and skills they lend themselves to teaching, plus suggested text pairings and activities.

Don't let your literature anthology dictate the short stories you read with your middle school and high school students. There are so many wonderful short stories out there, many of which can be used to teach a variety of literary elements and paired with other texts. Read on for 13 of my favorites, which literary terms and skills they lend themselves to teaching, plus suggested text pairings and activities.

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Click the image to download a PDF of the syllabus.

Click the image to download a PDF of the syllabus.

Love this idea! What's the number? Kids ask questions like Is the number greater than/less than....? Is the number between ___ and ___? Is the number in the tens place ____? etc. No two questions in a row can make the same comparison. Or students may ask in number sentences- - Is the number 5+1?  The link is in Spanish, but this is a good idea!

Love this idea! What's the number? Kids ask questions like Is the number greater than/less than....? Is the number between ___ and ___? Is the number in the tens place ____? etc. No two questions in a row can make the same comparison. Or students may ask in number sentences- - Is the number 5+1? The link is in Spanish, but this is a good idea!

Practical solutions for the high school English classroom. #highschoolenglish (scheduled via http://www.tailwindapp.com?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=twpin&utm_content=post10436216&utm_campaign=scheduler_attribution)

Practical solutions for the high school English classroom. #highschoolenglish (scheduled via http://www.tailwindapp.com?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=twpin&utm_content=post10436216&utm_campaign=scheduler_attribution)

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