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Teach Your Students to Love Reading: 3 Better Ideas

I'm a reader. I've always been a reader. I used to read half a book in the middle of the night with a flashlight when I was supposed to be sleeping. And guess what? There were NO incentives for me to read. NONE. No parties, no rewards, no prizes. You know what else there wasn't? There were no reading logs, no reading response homework, no parent signatures, no consequence for not reading. 

So why did I bother reading? Because I liked to. Because I was interested in the books I was reading. Because my teachers instilled a love of reading instead of a requirement of reading.

Since then, a lot has changed about how we handle independent reading at school. I wrote a post yesterday about 3 mistakes I made that made my students hate reading! Today, I want to talk about 3 better ideas I've tried that actually work... that make them want to read! 

How to Make Kids Hate Reading: 3 Mistakes I Made

Every teacher knows how important it is for students to read on their own... in a book of their choosing... outside the classroom. When it comes to encouraging students to read outside of the school day, I've made a lot of mistakes, y'all. A lot. And it broke my teacher heart to learn through anonymous Google surveys of my students that I was making them hate reading! Today I'm sharing my mistakes with you... Think of it as a step by step guide to what not to do!

Dear Teacher: You are AMAZING!

An open letter from one amazing (but less than perfect) teacher to another. You are enough. You are more than okay. You are amazing! #amazingteacher

Dear teacher,

I want to talk to you today from my heart. I know how overwhelming it can be when you look at social media and wonder if you'll be able to measure up to the things you're seeing other teachers do in their classrooms. I get overwhelmed with it all too.

I'm sorry that we, as teacher-bloggers, sometimes fall into the trap of only posting the best of the best, and not the everyday realities of teaching. 

The ONE box you need to pack now for Back to School

Packing this ONE box at the end of the school year will make back to school easier than ever!
The end of the year is always busy and stressful. Whether your school requires you to pack everything every year or not, there's ONE box every teacher should absolutely pack at the end of the school year to make sure you get off to a smooth start when you go back to school in the fall. If you're moving classrooms or buildings, it might even be a lifesaver if things get lost in the move! 

32 Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac Users

Keyboard shortcuts can save tons of time on your Mac! Here are 32 you'll want to know.

Keyboard shortcuts are an incredible time-saver for anyone who works on a computer. A few months ago, I finally decided to switch to a Mac after being a lifetime PC girl. I have to say, I'm loving it, but it was a little bit of an adjustment. One of the biggest things I had to do was relearn all the keyboard shortcuts I was using on my PC. Here are some of my favorite Mac keyboard shortcuts! 
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