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Just finished with school and two days of professional development.

My head cold is in full bloom.

But my brain is churning with ideas for next year.

Talk about love-hate relationships.

In getting ready for my summer class, though, at St. Michael’s College, I have just uncovered a boatload of new ideas that I intend to use with my students next year.

I’ve accepted a new position as content specialist for the district part-time, and the rest of my time will be spent teaching high-school students, some of whom I knew when they were in elementary school! So exciting! So unnerving… What can I possibly teach them? A whole lot!

So here’s what I found today…


Voice of America news–I ran a story through lexile.com to find out the reading level (6th grade, or 900L, way too hard for my intermediate writers) but with the slower oral accompaniment, this could be a way to get my children access to grade-level (or at least CLOSER to grade-level) texts, as demanded by the Common Core.

This is also the case with Poetry Out Loud, a BBC site that has not been updated since 2004 (!). It provides, however, poets reading their own work, along with the written poems.


Interactive objects to teach grammatical issues from Wisconsin’s Adult Ed. The GED sections are especially nice, even if you don’t teach adults.

PaperRater lets students check their own work for grammar, style and plagiarism, even before they hand it in to you.

‘Tis the season for new resources. Let’s get busy with the learning!



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