Showing posts from May, 2014

Online Educational Resources for Teachers at Resources4Teaching

I've been teaching in the United States' public school system for over 23 years, and I've created many resources for my students and fellow teachers during that time. Over the past year, a new online store for educational resources has emerged to connect teachers across the globe by allowing them to buy and sell educational resources with each other. is a venue where teachers can share their best practices and strategies and promote fresh new teaching ideas.  Teachers open an online store, upload original resources, and sell them to other teachers around the world.

Resources4Teaching gives teachers the opportunity to become entrepreneurs and partner with a quickly growing educational platform.  Teachers just like me can become an affiliate and help earn more income through referring others to the site. Teacher members can also get personalized business cards to distribute to other educators on a one-on-one basis.

I'm making this site my #1 priori…

Keep Middle Schoolers Motivated in the Last Week of School

One week and do you keep middle schoolers motivated and on-task for the last full week of school?  It's not an easy task.  It is one that takes creativity and planning...especially planning.

Teachers think that the last week of school should be devoted to the last week of school checklist items...clean desks, inventory technology and software, tidy file cabinets and that sort of thing. Unfortunately,
there is one small caveat to this plan...middle schoolers.

After 23 years of teaching middle schoolers, I don't have any easy answers, but I do have a few tips and tricks to keep you from going stir-crazy.

Plan, plan, and overplan...I know there are other events taking place in the school that will probably take up some class time: awards ceremonies, honors day, field day, talent shows.  But what if something happens? What if it rains on field day? What if awards ceremony only takes up one and a half class period?  If your school is like mine, you're always goin…