Project Based Learning in the Secondary ELA Classroom

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Project Based Learning in the Secondary ELA Classroom

When teachers hear the term PBL (Project/Problem Based Learning), too many envision a science or math classroom.  STEM focused courses are not the only courses where PBL is both important AND successful.  Taking real world, authentic problems and putting them in the hands of students to investigate and solve belongs in EVERY discipline!  Today, we'll take a look at how PBL can take shape in the English Language Arts classroom.

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EASY Grading with Macros in Google Docs

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EASY Grading with Macros in Google Docs

Macros are little shortcuts that you give to your computer.  When you’re inside a Google doc, simply click “Tools” and then “Preferences”.  Here, you’ll see the macros shortcuts that are already set up.  For example, when you type ( C ) without spaces, your computer will automatically change it to the copyright symbol © .  We want to make these shortcuts work for us as graders!

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Back to School:  Tech Talk Week!

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Back to School: Tech Talk Week!

It's time to head back to school with The Secondary Series!  We are so excited to share a whole entire week of broadcasting with you all.  This Back to School: Tech Talk Week series will focus entirely on edtech tips and tricks for any secondary educator to bring back into his or her classroom.  

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6 Ways to Use Snapchat in the Classroom

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6 Ways to Use Snapchat in the Classroom

I’m a teacher in my 30s, so I’m by no means a “Snapchat native”.  I actually grew up with card catalogs, Dewey Decimals, and World Book Encyclopedias, so no excuses here teachers!  You can learn ANYTHING!  And before you write off Snapchat thinking social media does not belong in the classroom, try to see if there’s value here for your classroom, no matter how intimidating it might feel!  Plus, you'll probably have a lot of fun along the way :-)

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Secrets of an English Teacher:  I Don't Have a Classroom Library

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Secrets of an English Teacher: I Don't Have a Classroom Library

It’s true.  I confess:  I am a high school English teacher and I do not have an operational classroom library.  Do I have a classroom full of books and do I grab whatever I can at Goodwill and garage sales?  Heck yes.  But do I have a check out system, or even an organized system in which I’ve read every book on the shelf and make a point to recommend titles to each of my 125 students every other week?  Nope.  I don’t.

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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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