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Go Back to School with Mud and Ink Teaching: Live Events, Giveaways and MORE!

Are you ready for Back to School season?!  

It's already here, so if you're feeling overwhelmed and underprepared, focus on what's most important - professional development and thinking about curriculum.  Here's what Mud and Ink has for YOU this August!

July 30 - August 5:  Tech Talk Week

The teachers of The Secondary Series are so excited to bring you a week of shows all dedicated to technology in the classroom.  From July 30 - August 5th, tune in from 7:00pm CST - 7:30pm CST for one whole week of great content!  Our shows will resemble a TedTalk - quick, focused tutorials and idea-focused solutions for you to take into your classroom right away.   We're going to have SO MUCH FUN (obviously) chatting with you LIVE!  During the week, we will be offering certificates for PD credit (tune in for more info on that) and chances to enter our giveaway of $100 to Teachers Pay Teachers!  The first live show starts Sunday June 30th at 7pm CST!

Join our Secondary Series group on Facebook to have access to shows

Respond to our Event for reminders and updates

Check out our Calendar for more detailed information

Adventurous Teaching Academy:  GRAND OPENING!

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As I've been working with teachers over the last ten years, I've started to notice that like-minded teachers not only like to be together in community, but inspire one another and encourage one another to be more and more courageous in their teaching every single day.  So, this summer, I've developed the Adventurous Teaching Academy: a place for teachers who like to be challenged and want to try new things in their classrooms can come together,  take courses online, make new friends, and find inspiration to keep moving forward as an #adventurousteacher.  Sadly, many teachers are so burnt out already they're just looking to copy a worksheet.  But I know that's not you.  You are an #adventurousteacher, and I invite you to find out exactly how special that is and how we're going to make a huge difference in the lives of all our students this year.  

August 1st - 15th:  ELA LIVE!

Another group of incredibly hard working teachers have been collaborating all summer long on another live series for you - this time, each and every show is content focused for ELA teachers!  Join broadcasters each night as they share their ELA expertise on Facebook Live from their individual channels.  For a sneak peek at the lineup, check below!  I'm excited to kick things off on August 1st sharing all about Project Based Learning in the ELA Classroom.  



Aug. 1st at 9 pm EST
"Project Based Learning for Secondary English Classrooms" with Mud & Ink Teaching

Aug. 2nd at 9 pm EST
"Strategies for Writing Commentary for Literary Analysis" with Bespoke ELA

Aug. 3rd at 9 pm EST
"Ideas and Strategies to Incorporate Choice Reading" with Doc Cop

Aug. 4th at 9 pm EST
"Pinpoint the Source of Most Reading Problems in Five Minutes" with Reading Simplified

Aug. 5th at 9 pm EST
"How to Teach Students to Elaborate on their Thinking" with English, Oh My! 

Aug. 6th at 9 pm EST
"How to Run a Book Club" with The Reading and Writing Haven

Aug. 7th at 9 pm EST
"Encourage Independent Reading in Reluctant Learners" with Samson's Shoppe

Aug. 8th at 9 pm EST
"Using Showcase Projects to Increase Engagement" with Spark Creativity

Aug. 9th at 4 pm EST
"How to Publish Student Writing Online and Create E-Portfolios" with Amanda Write Now

Aug. 10th at 9 pm EST
"5 Hidden Gems (books!) that Both Teachers and Students will Love with 2 Lifelong Teachers

Aug. 11th at 9 pm EST
"Starting on the Right Track with Struggling Secondary (Dependent) Learners" with Secondary Urban Legends

Aug. 12th at 9 pm EST
"Back to School Digital Escape Room" with Lit with Lyns

Aug. 13th at 9 pm EST
"Conferring with Student Writers" with Wild Child Designs

Aug. 14th at 9 pm EST
"Giving Meaningful Feedback to Writers" with Read it. Write it. Learn It. 

Aug. 15th at 9 pm EST
"Grammar Manipulations: Holding Language" with Language Arts Classroom

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How to Work with Words Without a Workbook

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How to Work with Words Without a Workbook

In order for our students to succeed across subject areas, we must all acknowledge the critical importance of vocabulary instruction.   There are so many best practices out there, so many specialists, and so many approaches, it can feel daunting to choose a streamlined and effective strategy for your classroom.  No matter your favorite method or style, I have a thoughtful yet efficient strategy for you to try in your class this year.

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The Pinterest Perfect Classroom:  What's Missing?

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The Pinterest Perfect Classroom: What's Missing?

As I’m writing this, you’ve probably already pinned 100 new ideas for your back to school decor on Pinterest.  You very well might be simultaneously stalking a corner of the Target Dollar Spot.  Maybe you’re even wish-listing things for your classroom on Amazon.  And if you’re not doing one of these two things, you’re almost certainly scrolling through Instagram with major “Insta-classroom envy” every other post you see.

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The Senior Sendoff:  6 Ways to Say Goodbye to Seniors

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The Senior Sendoff: 6 Ways to Say Goodbye to Seniors

If I'm being honest, I'm equal parts filled with embarrassment (this song was my JAM!) and truly sweet nostalgia.  Sometimes it's hard to remember what it felt like to be in high school.  This song and music video bring me back to that ultra vulnerable moment when we were all desperately trying to hold on to our high school days and pretend like we weren't shi*%ing our pants thinking about college (or lack of college plans!).

If you want to make this year special for your seniors, I've rounded up some great ideas, products, and projects that just might do the trick.  Let us know in the comments below what YOUR favorite Senior Sendoff idea is!

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How to Design a Poetry Unit that Doesn't SUCK

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How to Design a Poetry Unit that Doesn't SUCK

Have you ever done a Google search for "poetry ideas" to teach in your high school English classroom?  Let me spoil those search results for you - THEY'RE LAME!  Poetry, especially at the high school level, it too important to be treated as a coloring activity, or worse, ignored completely.

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Can your class write 30 poems in 30 days?

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Can your class write 30 poems in 30 days?

If you love poetry, and you're a little bit competitive (like me!) then I have just the challenge for you!  How about jumping on the #30poems30days Challenge!

This year in creative writing, I've decided that I want my students to have access to as many different styles of poetry as possible.  That's why I've narrowed down my 30 favorite types of poems to teach - and I'm going to teach them all in just 30 days!

 

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