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Sticking to your “tried and true” writing prompts can make your workflow easier, but when it comes to adolescent writing motivation, sometimes a change of pace is necessary.  Just because last year's class loved what you presented doesn't mean that this year's class will find the same motivation to share their stories. In today's episode, I

reThink ELA #020: Increase Adolescent Writing Motivation with a Student Newspaper

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When I first entered a public school classroom, only one student in my classes was clearly bilingual and she was an international

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If you're not ready to think about students bounding around your classroom in their favorite Halloween costumes, you might want to skip

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9/12/22 Note: Author Shannon Dittemore saw our post on Instagram and offered to do a video call with your class! You can

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