Welcome to Read it. Write it. Learn it.  Really, I believe it's that simple.  When students read and write as much as possible, they become better readers and writers and the magic of learning takes place!  On this site, I will share tools that will help you to motivate, engage, and empower your students to read and write more than you ever imagined.  The best part: the tools you find here will save you TIME as well!

As a 17 year  teaching veteran in a 7th grade classroom, I've learned some tricks of the trade.  The biggest lesson my students have taught me is that being motivated to learn leads to the most success.  Having fun in the classroom is key, especially in the middle grades.  I've also learned that when lessons are standards based and easily measurable, students are aware of their learning and begin focusing on their learning and growth more than their grades.

In the past few years, I've shifted to the Common Core Standards in ELA, data-driven instruction, and standards based learning.  I truly believe that shifting not only my own mindset but that of my students towards GROWTH equates to the most meaningful learning experiences. That's a lot of educational jargon, but my classroom is more LEARNING focused and positive than ever!  Enjoy the ideas I share on my site and visit my Teachers Pay Teachers site for any materials you would like to use in your own classroom.

Enjoy!  You are doing one of the most important jobs on earth!



I love connecting with teachers through writing. Check out some of my most recent publications: 

11 Reasons Teaching Middle School is the Best Job Ever

5 Downloadable Vocabulary Activities that Make Learning Stick

8 Ways to Get Middle School Students to Care About Their Grades

How I Created Flexible Seating for Next to Nothing

How to Use Revision Stations in the Writer's Workshop

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