Tools for Dominating Your Classroom

I’m asked every week about the best tools and resources to use for Common Core implementation or just literacy instruction in general, so I decided to put this list together. For a more comprehensive list of the best of Teaching the Core, click here.

NeverFinished-3d-coverNever Finished: Continually Becoming the Teachers We Want to Be (and Staying Sane in the Process)

Ask any teacher you know why they became a teacher.

You’ll hear lots of answers, but here are some you won’t hear:

  • I wanted to get great teacher evaluation scores!
  • I was hoping to focus all of my energy on the test results of my students!

Yet how many of us sometimes feel like our jobs have been reduced to these things?

I don’t think it has to be this way; in this downloadable, printable ebook, I explain why.

Buy it here.

davestuartjr06The Pop-Up Debate Starter Kit — as low as 1$

This Pay What You Want package contains a reproducible and editable student handout, an annotated slideshow of sample slides I use when facilitating pop-up debate in my class, three videos of students and me engaging in various parts of the pop-up debate routine, and an annotated list of “teacher tips and tricks” that I’ve put together over the past two years of tweaking this strategy.

Basically, it’s a smorgasbord of awesome, and it’s yours for whatever you think it’s worth. Let me know how you like it!

Buy it here.

Or, if you prefer clicking on a big button, buy it here.

Guide to Classroom Resource DonationsThe Ultimate Guide to Getting the Classroom Resources You Need — as low as $1

This Pay What You Want ebook contains an exhaustive overview of how I’ve received over $6,000 worth of classroom supplies over the past few years, and it shows step-by-step how you can get started. I wrote this ebook because I am tired of teachers burning themselves (and their families!) out by constantly spending their own money on the supplies they need to create an excellent, memorable, exciting classroom.

I also wrote this ebook because many of the things I do in my classroom that incorporate the Common Core have, in some way or another, been shaped by the resources I’ve received for my classroom. Things like increasing student access to complex texts cost money, and this book shows how to get over the dollar hurdle.

Or click on this shiny green button to buy it here.

The Top 5 Books that Have Shaped My Teaching

I’m not one of those teachers who can read 100 professional development books each year. Well, I can–but it doesn’t stick. All it does is stresses me out.

So of the relatively few books I’ve read and re-read, these 5 have had the greatest impact on who I am as a teacher and thus how I write for this blog. I would recommend creating an argumentative resource request to get these; if that fails, I’d even spend my own money for them (gasp). They are that freaking good.

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Articles of the Week

This one, simple routine has a gigantic impact on my students’ achievement. I first learned of it from Kelly Gallagher, so below you’ll find a list of my AoWs (along with an explanation), and a list of his.