Celebrating Women’s History Month With Your Students March Madness is alive and well. It seems no matter what you teach, someone has ideas on how you can bring challenge brackets to life in your

Why Traditional Approaches to Curriculum Design Don’t Work And What We Should All Be Doing Instead The Problem with Traditional Approaches to Curriculum Design The problem with traditional approaches to curriculum design is that

Time Management Tips for Teachers Ten Time Management Tips for Teachers Teaching can be a time-consuming career making it a challenge to juggle all the demands of the job. While you can’t control everything

This past weekend, I had the great joy of participating in the VATE Conference in Orkney Springs, Virginia. One of the most impactful breakout sessions I attended was one in which the hosts explored ways to integrate effective poetry activities

The Pitfalls of Trying to Measure “All The Things”  Are you using rubrics? This blog explores 5 reasons you should be. The other day, I came across a post in one of the Facebook Groups I

The desks are arranged, the pencils are sharpened, and stacks of syllabi are waiting to be dispersed. Your classroom is ready for the new school year. Or is it?  When most of us think of preparing for

It seems like every August the question on every teacher’s mind is: what am I going to do with students during the first few days of school? No matter how long we have been

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Yet year after year, teachers continue to rely upon writing formulas as a tool to teach

Writing for Discovery Last night, I had the joy of hosting the Northern Virginia stop of the National Writing Project’s, “Write Across America” (WAA) campaign, a nation-wide writing marathon in which writers spend 90 minutes

I hadn’t stopped speaking before the glares began. Angry face after angry face greeted my words.   I was thrilled.  Why was I so happy that my students were so angry? Because it was the