826 Digital for High-Quality, Engaging Writing Activities

The team at 826 has done it again. I know this has been out for awhile but I finally had a chance to peruse the lessons and writing activities available at 826 Digital. This FREE platform has a ton of exciting writing lessons, projects, and “spark” for students in grade 1 to grade 12. Actually, […]

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6 Commitments for De-Stressing My Life

I am an expert in is feeling stressed out. I would describe my baseline emotion as a constant low-level panic. Sometimes family members ask me, “What are you so stressed out about?” The answer is nothing and everything. I’ve always been a worrier. That’s my personality. Chronic stress can lead to a variety of real […]

Trying Out Mastery Grading

What I Was Thinking Pretty much anyone who has been teaching a long time has figured out that traditional grading systems don’t work. Last spring, during my nineteenth year teaching 7th and 8th grade English, I decided to do something about it. Without getting too deep into my disillusionment with traditional letter grades, I’ll just […]