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Board: BusyBoard 09-07-2015, 12:38 PM
Replies: 0
Posted By erineggplant
On Giants Shoulders

Has anyone ever used the motivation program On Giants' Shoulders? I want to try it out with my 7th graders. Any opinions?

Here is the website:

Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 07-07-2015, 07:30 AM
Replies: 5
Posted By erineggplant
Best Middle School Novels

What are your favorite novels to teach in middle school? Why do you continue to love them year after year?
Board: BusyBoard 05-08-2014, 01:04 PM
Replies: 1
Posted By erineggplant
Just had a great training

I just went to a training on common core put on by ASCD. I really got a lot out of it. You can go to and see what they have going on this summer.

Hope it helps!
Board: BusyBoard 05-08-2014, 12:59 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By erineggplant
NWEA...What does it mean???

My 7th grade students just finished their spring NWEA for reading. What is considered a good number to have as my classroom "Percentage of Students who Met or Exceeded their Projected RIT" ?

Board: BusyBoard 12-13-2013, 08:00 AM
Replies: 1
Posted By erineggplant
Any Fun Quiz Game Ideas?

I want my 7th grade students to memorize a list of prefixes and suffixes. I want a quick, fun way to review these with them at the beginning of class.

Any good ideas?

What have you done in...
Board: The VENT 06-16-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 20
Posted By erineggplant
If you could interview your principal...

We lost our principal this year, and I have been asked to be on the panel to interview prospective replacements. I want to ask meaningful questions, and I don't want to look stupid!! What type of...
Board: The VENT 05-18-2013, 02:58 PM
Replies: 27
Posted By erineggplant
What do you do on the last day of school?

Since the school year (thank goodness) is coming to an end, I was curious: What do you do on the last day of school?

Summer is coming!!! :) :)
Board: The VENT 02-24-2013, 04:13 PM
Replies: 16
Posted By erineggplant
Haha! These are great! I teach 7th grade so I...

Haha! These are great! I teach 7th grade so I can't get away with saying anything right!

Last week I was teaching the difference between literal and figurative meaning, and I was using a passage...
Board: The VENT 01-21-2013, 10:37 AM
Replies: 18
Posted By erineggplant
NWEA Testing SUCKS!!!!

This is my second year teaching language arts. We have been working so hard this year in my class. The kids work and work, and I work and work. We just took our 2nd NWEA test for the year, and...
Board: The VENT 01-12-2013, 09:25 AM
Replies: 16
Posted By erineggplant
Celebrate The Introvert!

It has taken me many years to learn how to embrace my introversion as a strength. I used to feel inadequate when I watched extroverted teachers enjoying their playful, loud, easily outgoing...
Board: The VENT 10-23-2012, 04:23 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By erineggplant
Teaching the Writing Process

Ugh! I have spent so much time going through the writing process with my 7th graders in writing memoirs! I feel like I am never going to be done! The other teacher had them draft then moved on, but...
Board: The VENT 10-07-2012, 08:01 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By erineggplant
good advice. Any suggestions on what I should...

good advice. Any suggestions on what I should start with?
Board: The VENT 10-07-2012, 01:35 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By erineggplant
Anyone ever use Writer's Workshop??

My team teacher and I would like to start incorporating Writer's Workshop into our instruction. We teach 7th grade students and must split our time between reading instruction and writing...
Board: The VENT 09-18-2012, 06:35 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By erineggplant
How do you do lunchtime?????

Hello my fellow fantastic teachers!
At my middle school we are starting to have an issue with students getting too crazy at lunch. Apparently, after they finish eating they start getting too wild. ...
Board: The VENT 08-22-2012, 06:09 PM
Replies: 12
Posted By erineggplant
No class rosters!

It is the night before school starts and we STILL do not have our classroom rosters.
Board: Intermediate Grades (3-5) 08-21-2012, 04:42 PM
Replies: 1
Posted By erineggplant
A Good Reading Level Test???

I'm getting ready for the beginning of school, and I want to give my students a test to see what their reading level is. I used one last year, but it was hard to use and not very clear in...
Board: BusyBoard 06-17-2012, 05:59 PM
Replies: 35
Posted By erineggplant
Help me with Common Core

I don't know anything about Common Core other than the fact that I will have to teach by them soon. Can anyone recommended some good books on understanding common core? I teacher 7th and 8th...
Board: The VENT 06-03-2012, 06:32 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By erineggplant
Here's what I am thinking...

Thank you for your input!
I teach language arts.
Here's what I am planning to do. We have been studying Latin and Greek roots all year, so I found a card game where they have to use a bunch of...
Board: The VENT 06-02-2012, 05:33 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By erineggplant
Observations in the last week??????

Next week is our last week of school. I've been planning fun games and sentimental activities to send my 8th graders off to high school with. Friday, the principal brought us all in for meeting to...
Board: The VENT 03-29-2012, 05:08 PM
Replies: 14
Posted By erineggplant
In my middle school...

we teach six 65 minute periods. We all get a 30 minute prep in the morning before the kids come and 30 minutes for lunch. It is interesting to see what other schools do.
Board: The VENT 03-24-2012, 05:42 AM
Replies: 10
Posted By erineggplant

I am originally from West Virginia and there are really strong teacher unions. I now live in IL and it seems like unions are a lot weaker her.
Board: The VENT 03-24-2012, 05:34 AM
Replies: 25
Posted By erineggplant
teacher asking "Who's your favorite teacher?"

A teacher came to me yesterday and told me that all the kids (middle schoolers) told him he was their favorite teacher. Then he proceeded to tell me all the reasons the kids said they didn't like me...
Board: The VENT 03-17-2012, 08:38 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By erineggplant

I agree! How mean to ruin everyone's St. Patty's Day surprise. I'm sure the new teacher was planning on cleaning it all after it was over! My mom teaches kindergarten and one of the big things...
Board: The VENT 03-09-2012, 06:31 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By erineggplant
School play!!!!!!! Argh!!!!

I think I just volunteered to help direct the school play... Right after I said I would help I thought, "Oh no what have I agreed to???!!"
Does anyone have some suggestions for an easy play to do...
Board: The VENT 02-21-2012, 05:10 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By erineggplant

So glad to hear you had a good day! :D

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