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Writing Strategy for Middle School Students

During spring break this year, I spent some time worrying what a week off would do to the memory bank of my middle schoolers right before they take the state writing test.
As teachers we know how it goes: you teach them something today, tomorrow they act as if they have never heard it before (insert face palm emoji)! So I certainly worried about all the information that they may forget coming back from break and straight into testing. Fortunately, we had one day before testing and I planned on honing in on one thing: Brain Dump.

STRATEGY TIME A brain dump is a strategy to un-clutter the mind by taking what is in the brain and transferring it to paper.  All my middle schoolers will have a planning sheet during testing even if they are taking a paper based test or computer based test. So we spent the class period running through in our heads and conversing about what it would be like to take the test. Students shared feelings of nervousness, doubt, confidence, planned, etc. This allowe…

Teacher Self Care Using Travel Hacking

The past few years, there has been a lot of talk regarding self care in the teacher world and rightfully needed. Working in a large school district, I see the teacher mass exodus increasing over time. Awesome teachers that give up from the burn- out or new teachers not able to push through the early years and solidify their roots in a great career. As teachers, we need to ensure our mental and physical well being so we are good for our students. Based on the number of personal days I have left, you better believe I live by the rule that a burnt out teacher is no good to themselves, students, or their family. It also helps that I’ve developed a travel bug and I refuse to wait till summer to travel with thousands of other tourists in the peak of the summer sun so I tend to space out my vacations with the end of quarters and long weekends.

But how do I do it on a teacher’s salary?

Points!

That’s it. Travel points that I’ve accumulated from credit card bonuses, matching, day to day spen…