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Meaningful & Fun Activities for Teaching Transcendentalism

Teaching Transcendentalism can be challenging but oh-so rewarding, especially when you can connect Transcendental literature, beliefs, and values to modern (and ancient!) culture. At first, high schoolers might struggle with the movement’s abstract concepts and rigorous texts, but with some guided reading, fun activities, hands-on projects, and meaningful connections, you’ll be able to engage your students and quite possibly even change their lives!  If you are looking for creative Transcendentalism activities, ideas and lesson plans, then you are on the right trail! Your Transcendentalism unit plan is about to get a lot more enjoyable so let’s explore! Ideas for ... Read More about Meaningful & Fun Activities for Teaching Transcendentalism

5 Fun Free Apps for English Teachers

I know a lot of teachers make resolutions to cut down their screen time (both in the classroom and out), but I’m not ashamed to admit that I love to use my phone. While it can be both a blessing and a curse, my smartphone makes my life easier and more fun! Here’s a list of my favorite free apps for English teachers and how to use them.  This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting my blog! Storygraph I’ll never forget the first time I was three chapters into a “new” Ruth Ware murder mystery only to realize I had already read it before. Prior to this, I had never been a fan of tracking something that is supposed to be fun, but at that moment I knew I ... Read More about 5 Fun Free Apps for English Teachers

Building Book Love 2023 Year-End Recap

I love taking a moment to reflect on the past year before planning out the new one. Two years ago I pulled back the curtain a bit to show you how I plan out my monthly action tasks for Building Book Love. This method continues to work for me, so it pretty much looks the same except for a few small tweaks. For starters, I set out to do 10+ actions each month instead of 7. However, I did a “roll over” method, meaning some months I did 11-12 actions when I had more time and did 8-9 during months with vacations.  Last year I wrote that 10 actions were a bit much and that I planned to scale back in 2023. However, my 2023 monthly checklist determined that was a lie. LOL! I ... Read More about Building Book Love 2023 Year-End Recap

Middle & High School ELA New Year Activities

Getting back into the swing of things after winter break can be daunting for both you and your middle or high school ELA students. One way to ease back into a classroom routine is by incorporating some fun New Year ELA activities that encourage reflection, review, and setting student goals. Here are some ELA New Year lesson plan ideas that will up the engagement and enjoyment of your first day back while setting the tone for the rest of the school year.  Use a Disco Ball Timer for Your New Year ELA Activities Who says timers have to be boring? Create a fun and engaging atmosphere in your classroom by using a disco ball-themed timer for class periods and activities. Get ... Read More about Middle & High School ELA New Year Activities

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Praised as an indispensable guide for sparing the sense of wonder in your classroom, Keeping the Wonder will help you discover the four elements you need to create joyful, magical learning experiences for your students.

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