Episode 273: Research Behind Great Teachers
Teaching Middle School ELA
by Caitlin Mitchell
3d ago
On this episode of the Teaching Middle School ELA podcast, your hosts Caitlin, Jessica, and Megan are discussing additional takeaways from Jessica's recent visit to the Ron Clark Academy, specifically focusing on the impact a great teacher has on student growth. They're diving into the research behind the correlation of a teacher and their students' success, and exactly how you can ensure you're consistently working on developing your teaching methods in a way that avoids burnout and makes your career actually enjoyable for the long haul! Tune in as they spend time breaking it all down in this ..read more
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Monday Mindset: Live Abundantly
Teaching Middle School ELA
by Caitlin Mitchell
4d ago
In today's Monday Mindset episode, I am exploring the concept of living abundantly, regardless of your circumstances. I'm considering the idea of gratitude and the awareness of abundance in our lives. As you listen, consider the importance of being open to receiving and giving, as well as how the practice of letting go can invite more goodness into our lives. Tune in to this quick episode for the mindset shift you may not have known you needed! Here's to another day if living intentionally. Caitlin Interested in joining the EB Teachers' Club with thousands of other middle school ELA teachers f ..read more
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Episode 272: Learning to Admire Annoying Behaviors
Teaching Middle School ELA
by Caitlin Mitchell
1w ago
On this episode of the Teaching Middle School ELA podcast, we're diving into something that might not be talked about very often among educators. Can we actually learn to admire annoying student behaviors? Tune in as your hosts discuss practical strategies for handling challenging student behaviors in the classroom while drawing from their own experiences and research. They explore the concept of recognizing, reframing, and redirecting student behaviors in a positive and empowering way, sharing real-life examples that can help you build better relationships with your students and create a more ..read more
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Monday Mindset: Prove Yourself Wrong
Teaching Middle School ELA
by Caitlin Mitchell
1w ago
In today's Monday Mindset episode, I'm sharing a thought centered around the idea of proving yourself wrong. I want to challenge you and your beliefs around your limitations. I'll share a personal experience where I thought I could not accomplish a seemingly impossible task and the liberating feeling of proving myself wrong and overcoming my fears. This concept directly applies to educators and your perspective in the classroom. When we live intentionally and embrace the opportunity to challenge ourselves, amazing things are possible. Join me as I delve into the transformative power of proving ..read more
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Episode 271: "Funds of Feeling" - A Feeling-Based Approach to Literature with Stanford's Sarah Levine and Chris Mah
Teaching Middle School ELA
by Caitlin Mitchell
2w ago
On this episode of the Teaching Middle School ELA podcast, Megan welcomed Sarah Levine and Chris Ma from Stanford University, who discussed an innovative approach to literature by integrating students' emotional responses into the heart of literary analysis. Together they unpacked how emotions play a pivotal role in enhancing students' connections to texts. Chris and Sarah guide us through their "funds of feeling" approach, where students explore literature using a blend of emotional engagement and intellectual rigor. Listen in to learn strategies such as the "up-down; both-why" technique and ..read more
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Monday Mindset: Bending Time
Teaching Middle School ELA
by Caitlin Mitchell
2w ago
In today's Monday Mindset episode, I am discussing how we can actually redefine our relationship with time and harness its power to work in our favor. By exploring the concept of radical responsibility and embracing the idea that we are the source of time, I'll share practical strategies for making time for the things that truly matter to us. From setting non-negotiables to using constraints to eliminate constraints, I'll show you how easy it can be to shift your mindset and approach time in a way that empowers you to live more intentionally. Join me as I explore how to bend time to our will a ..read more
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Episode 270: Science of Reading - Building Reading Comprehension at the Middle School Level
Teaching Middle School ELA
by Caitlin Mitchell
3w ago
On this episode of the Teaching Middle School ELA podcast, Caitlin and Jessica welcome Patricia Abel, EB Academics' curriculum writer, and veteran ELA teacher, to discuss building reading comprehension with our middle school students. Reading comprehension is a large part of the Science of Reading that directly relates to your middle school classroom, and we are making sure you have practical strategies to easily implement inside your classroom. Tune in as they spend time breaking it all down in this episode! Are you enjoying the podcast? Make sure to subscribe to our channel and leave us a re ..read more
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Monday Mindset: Create Newness
Teaching Middle School ELA
by Caitlin Mitchell
3w ago
In today's Monday Mindset episode, I'm taking a look into the idea of creating newness in our lives by embracing the process of letting go. We'll take a moment to reflect on how releasing old beliefs, friendships, and ways of being can open up space for new and rewarding opportunities. Join me as we discover the transformative power of embracing change and making room for newness in our lives. Here's to another day if living intentionally. Caitlin Interested in joining the EB Teachers' Club with thousands of other middle school ELA teachers from around the globe? Join the waitlist today, and y ..read more
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Episode 269: Easy to Implement Activities to Improve Vocabulary and Comprehension (Takeaways from The Ron Clark Academy)
Teaching Middle School ELA
by Caitlin Mitchell
1M ago
On this episode of the Teaching Middle School ELA podcast, Megan interviews Jessica to get all the exciting details from her visit to the legendary Ron Clark Academy. They're covering some seriously cool strategies to amp up your vocabulary and comprehension skills for middle schoolers. Everything from fun and engaging games to using tech for personalized learning, Jessica's got the inside scoop on all the awesome ideas she gathered while there. Tune in as they break it all down and chat about how we can bring these strategies into our own classrooms. Are you enjoying the podcast? Make sure to ..read more
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Monday Mindset: How Much Better Can It Actually Get?
Teaching Middle School ELA
by Caitlin Mitchell
1M ago
In today's Monday Mindset episode, I present a thought-provoking topic that stemmed from a motivational speaker's presentation I witnessed at a recent business retreat. This presentation made me consider how often we anticipate the worst when things are going well, and what could happen if we shift our perspective by posing a simple yet profound question instead: "How much better can this get?" This question challenges the traditional mindset of waiting for the other shoe to drop and encourages actively seeking positivity and improvement. This simple shift can shape our experiences and future ..read more
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