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Quill.org – Writing exercises made easy

I can’t imagine what it’s like to bring home a stack of essays to grade. I have great respect for English teachers. That’s why I was super excited when I tripped across this website, Quill. The concept is simple; teach kids to join simple sentences into complex ideas. But they didn’t stop there; they added

Instant Vocabulary Lists

Academic Language: the current buzzword. I like to tell my kids it’s just “fancy words.” ¬†Of course, we all know why they need to know them, especially the population I service. Without vocabulary, it’s really hard to get ahead in this world. But oh, how I hate creating vocabulary lists. Hate. It. Enter this incredibly

Real-Life Where’s Waldo

Imagine that you wake up, and have no idea where you are. All you can do is look around, use contextual clues, and try your best to figure out where you are. Give it your best guess, and GeoGuessr will show you how close you are. It pretty simple, and there’s not much to it

Stop Lugging Home Piles of Paper

I teach three different subjects over a 10-period/2-day block schedule that also includes a built-in intervention period (so technically, 11 periods). I teach under three separate career clusters that have a few things in common, but ultimately, my classroom is a MESS. I’m always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to stay organized