The Ten Minute Teacher Vocabulary Games — Vocabulary “Egg” Hunt

For the next few posts, I will be discussing some fun vocabulary games that I use with my high school students before vocabulary tests that do not involve the teacher spending an unrealistic amount of time getting it ready. These games can easily be adapted to any kind of test review, and your students will…

Responding to Public Feedback of the Seven Deadly Sins of Common Core English Post with a Modest Proposal

I would like to personally thank each and every person who read my post last week that expressed my concerns about Common Core English.  My regular teaching blog, which is normally a mode of sharing teaching strategies (and read by a handful of people), turned political last week for the first time.  An edited version…

Differentiating Instruction in English Language Arts — Vocabulary and Spelling

Every experienced ELA teacher has felt that moment of utter frustration when he or she realizes that very few students completed their homework or students completed it but cheated. This is especially true for those dreaded spelling or vocabulary worksheets — the boring, but necessary — or are they?  I have recently experienced much success…