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Engaging Students in Learning, Growing and Developing Professionally

The Student Agency Continuum

In reading John Spencer', EMPOWER: What happens when students own their own learning - I take a brief moment to reflect on what he calls the Student Agency Continuum. Growing up K-12 my experience on the student agency continuum was a combination of compliance, engagement, and empowerment depending on the teacher and subject. As an… Continue reading The Student Agency Continuum

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Taming the Paper Monster

It is second semester, I cannot believe that I am half way done with my first year of teaching! We are half way there! Half way of their first year of middle school and I am half way through my first year of teaching. I thought this Target dollar-spot find was perfect. Paired with the… Continue reading Taming the Paper Monster

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Literature Circles in the Middle School Social Studies & Science Classroom

At the end of second quarter, in between Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break, I began a lesson experiment in my Science classes. I gave a shot at implementing literature circles and I am excited to report that I am very impressed with what I saw. Of course, I was not surprised to see my self-motivated… Continue reading Literature Circles in the Middle School Social Studies & Science Classroom

Simple & Scrumptious in the Kitchen

Sheet-Pan Teriyaki Chicken and Pineapple Stir Fry

I have fallen in love with sheet pan recipes. They are quick, easy, and absolutely delicious. Sheet Pan Teriyaki Chicken and Pineapple Stir Fry is our newest favorite. Download a printable copy of this recipe. What You Will Need 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce1 tablespoon honey1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch… Continue reading Sheet-Pan Teriyaki Chicken and Pineapple Stir Fry

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What I Read: Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Image: Amazon.com During the month of November, I had the opportunity to read Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling. This was my middle school teachers' reading group selection. I am so glad that they introduced me to this authentic book ! I was captured by the story-line from the moment… Continue reading What I Read: Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling