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Z is for Zing!

June 20, 2017

tagedo kids want teachers to beZ is for zing. Synonyms for zing include energy, enthusiasm, and liveliness. These are traits that we found middle school students want in their teachers. “Ask the Real Experts about Good Teaching,” an article published in the April 2014 issue of AMLE magazine, elaborates on these traits. And that’s what we think about when we are designing discussion and activity guides, lesson plans, and units—what will engage students and make learning fun and meaningful. And, so we are guided by our vision that our professional work is motivated by the possibility that every child will have great teachers.


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X is for Xerox

June 16, 2017

X is for Xerox because all of our products comes with reproducible components that can be adapted to teachers’ styles of teaching, content, and/or students’ needs. And, if paper copies are not needed, components can be loaded on tablets—whatever the need.  

1280px-Mimeograph.svgWhen I started teaching, schools were still using stencils and mimeograph machines (I do miss the pleasant aroma of the mimeograph purple ink). Then copy machines started popping up and what a godsend they were, although no more purple fingertips—a badge of teaching! Now we have super-duper copiers and kids have tablets—what’s next?

SALE: All of our products are 20% off June 17-18

P is for Poetry Journal

May 31, 2017

P is for Poetry Journal. Six poem formats that include samples, practice pages, and final draft pages. Poems are word play and provide the reader another way of looking at something familiar and perhaps not so familiar. This packet works well as mini-unit for the first or last days of school. During the first days of school, it gives you an opportunity to learn about your students and perhaps some of their strengths. At the end of the school year, it provides an entertaining way to end the year and something wonderful to send home to parents. The six poetic formats are:

• Auto-Bio PoemPoetry Journal
• Five Sense Poem
• Haiku Poem
• Cinquain Poem
• Diamante Poem
• Acrostic Poem

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April is Poetry Month

April 3, 2013

Quote:  Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.  Robert Frostlogo71.jpg

Poems, like humor, provide a different way of looking at something familiar and seeing different possibilities.  Writing poems allows us to examine that familiar something from all different angles, sometimes putting it in perspective, sometimes putting it farther away, and sometimes letting us laugh at ourselves.  It’s not easy to share our writing with others—makes us vulnerable, open to possible criticism or perceived rebuffs, but writing, especially poetry, opens doors to connections we might not have known existed.

So, because it is Poetry Month, because I can’t ask someone to take a risk I am unwilling to take, and because we all have poems somewhere inside us, I will share two poems I wrote.  My hope is you will share your poems with someone and encourage the poets in all of us to emerge.

Saltine Crackers

Gummy paste
Platforms for soft butter crowned with cinnamon sugar,
Fractured into pieces, moistened by sips of colorless tea,
Disintegrated in cellophane slips emerging from deep, dark purse places,
Stacks of squares,
Tucked in snack size plastic bags and partnered with airplane barf bags.
Crumbled in tomato soup,
Drizzled with butter on a holiday casserole.
Salty, bland, comforting
Saltine Crackers

My Mother’s Jewelry

When I wear my mother’s ring,
The one with antique silverwork and sparkling diamonds,
Bequeathed to her from one who had no daughter,
That resounds with a saga of those who came before,
I detect my mother’s energy.

When I wear my mother’s bracelet,
The one that was fashioned out of sterling silver,
Marked by its creator, inlaid with ancient turquoise stones,
Set in a pattern that is unique and familiar,
I sense my mother’s verve.

When I wear my mother’s pendant,
The one my dad chose for her,
Encircled in a silver curve, a single diamond on a fragile chain,
Once lost and recovered,
I feel my mother’s quintessence.

When I wear my mother’s jewelry,
Rings and pendants, bracelets and necklaces,
Silver and gold, turquoise and diamond,
Each piece sustaining a lifetime of experiences,
I discern past and present, mother and daughter.

But I with no daughter wonder,
Who will wear my jewelry some day?

L. V. Neiman

And, if you need a little help unleashing your inner poet, check out our latest product on Teachers Pay Teachers:  poetry journalPoetry for the Classroom as well as the other resources listed below.

30 Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month

Poem in Your Pocket Day – April 18, 2013

The Adventures of Dr. Alphabet:  104 Unusual Ways to Write Poetry in the Classroom and the Community by Dave Moricedr a


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