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5 Websites with Free Reading Passages and Question Sets

High-quality reading passages and question sets can serve as vital tools to improve reading comprehension, expose students to various topics and text types, and help

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How to Handle Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom

Manage challenging behaviors in your intermediate or middle school classroom with strategies that create a positive learning environment for all students.

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How to Build Your Classroom Library on the Cheap

A well-stocked classroom library can be a treasure trove for students, but budgets can be tight. Fear not! There are ways for teachers to get free and

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How to Help Your Students Succeed with Independent Reading

Independent reading involves skills that our intermediate and middle-level students may or may not have when they come to us. As language arts teachers, it is our

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10 Easy Back-to-School Activities for the Middle School ELA Classroom

These back-to-school activities for the ELA classroom will help get your school year off to an engaging start while making your life so much easier!

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How to Increase Engagement While Analyzing a Text

For some students, analyzing a text can be as exciting as watching paint dry. So why not get them actively engaged with what they’re reading and spice it up a bit?

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6 Effective Ways to Calm the Classroom

With all of today’s distractions, being able to calm the classroom can be challenging. It is important, however, that we create a peaceful and conducive learning

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4 Proven Ways to Simplify Essay Grading

You can simplify essay grading using these tried-and-true methods. Stop using your personal time and get your weekends back! Analyzing writing can provide

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6 Ways to Help Students Develop a Growth Mindset

How we communicate with our intermediate and middle school students on a daily basis can have a significant impact on their ability to develop a growth mindset.

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How to Build a Word Knowledge Toolbox

Upper intermediate and middle school students can enhance their reading comprehension by focusing on six areas of word knowledge. It’s a simple fact…

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Teaching Poetry Writing in 3 Easy Steps

Teaching students poetry writing doesn’t have to be complicated. With three easy steps and a no-prep resource, you’ll be ready in no time! Roses are

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Teaching Students How to Rock Email Etiquette

Teaching middle school students proper email etiquette will prepare them for long-term personal, academic, and professional success. We’ve all been there.

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