Beginning of Year

What Kind of Impressions Will You Make This Year?


The end of summer for teachers is usually packed with PD days, planning, making copies, organizing, planning, rearranging, maybe even painting, did we mention planning? You plan your first week of lessons. You plan fun activities to get to know your students. You plan out your seating charts and desk orientations. But before the first day of school, you have to get ready for your big night: Open House!  

I Can Write in Math Class?


The responsibility for writing instruction shouldn’t all fall on the shoulders of English teachers. Writing can happen, taught, and improved in any subject area! Studies have shown that writing in any content deepens students’ comprehension and confidence in the subject. 

Writing ALL Year Long


Writing isn’t always given the time and attention it deserves. We know that your schedule may not have much wiggle room, especially in these odd days of the pandemic and blended learning models of schooling. However, we do hope that you will be able to squeeze in writing instruction when you can. To help you do that, here are some suggestions* for how and when to include writing in your lesson.

September like You've Never Seen It

Fall Prompts and Lesson Ideas


By: Melissa Young, guest writer

It’s officially fall and we’re celebrating with some new autumn-themed prompts! Engaging and current prompts are the key to capturing the attention of students. Including different season-based work into the curriculum can make writing assignments more enjoyable for students. To celebrate the beginning of autumn, we are sharing a couple of fall-themed prompts for you! Take these and make them your own to use in your classroom.

Introduction:

Kick Your Year off the Write Way


Get to know your students through writing

How to Rock Open House


Open House. Back-to-School Night. Meet the Teacher Night. Whatever you call it, it’s not just about meeting your students and their parents. This is your opportunity to make the best first impression. Even if you already know these students from other classes, in the hallway, clubs and other activities, or seeing them in the cafeteria, this is your chance to meet them as their future teacher. This is a new interaction for them, and it’s important that they see you in this new role.

MI Write: From fall to spring


We know that it’s May, and you’re exhausted. You don’t even have time to think about next year, but now is the best time to start thinking about the fall while every successful moment and every failed lesson are fresh on your mind. Use those reflections to start planning for next year!

Using MI Write as an RTI or Screener Tool


Benchmarks. Mid-terms. Remediation. Math. Science. Reading. Multiple choice. Short answer. So many tests. So much grading to be done. Stacks of papers to read. When do you have the time? Can you administer a test, score it, give feedback and return it to students in time for it to be meaningful? Before you move on to the next topic, leaving those struggling students to fall further and further behind?