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Teaching middle school English Language Arts can be one of the most challenging, yet rewarding careers. Each Tuesday, join Caitlin Mitchell, an ELA teacher and curriculum designer as she delivers lesson ideas, shares classroom stories, and interviews fellow educators. If you teach reading and writing to middle schoolers and want to get inspired with some fresh ideas, then this is the podcast for you.

Teaching Middle School ELA Caitlin Mitchell

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Teaching middle school English Language Arts can be one of the most challenging, yet rewarding careers. Each Tuesday, join Caitlin Mitchell, an ELA teacher and curriculum designer as she delivers lesson ideas, shares classroom stories, and interviews fellow educators. If you teach reading and writing to middle schoolers and want to get inspired with some fresh ideas, then this is the podcast for you.

    Why Rigorous Lessons Are Not Enough - 047

    Why Rigorous Lessons Are Not Enough - 047

    If our students are not engaged in their learning, then we’ve lost them already. They’ve tuned out and they’re thinking about all the other pressing concerns preteens and teenagers face. So all of your incredible academic goals for them are going to be really hard to accomplish.
    I know that’s not how any of us imagined our classroom when we decided to become teachers.  We became teachers to be creative, have fun with kids, and change lives. But too many teachers are drowning - we hear it all the time, and we totally get it. 
    So, what can you do about it? Well, we have to start creating not just rigorous lessons, but engaging lessons. This episode makes the case for just that.
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    Your review helps us reach even more middle school ELA teachers just like you! It would mean so much to us. To leave a review in iTunes, click HERE and scroll down to Rating and Reviews. Click on "Write a Review" and let us know how this podcast is helping you in your ELA classroom!
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    • 13 min
    Let's Have More Fun in the Classroom, Shall We?! - 046

    Let's Have More Fun in the Classroom, Shall We?! - 046

    Okay, let me ask you, have you ever wanted to have just more fun in your ELA classroom, but thought to yourself, “Well, I’m not creative enough to come up with a fun lesson. Or, "I don’t have the time for creating all the materials for an engaging lesson.” You know, those thoughts that hold us back?
    But still, deep down you know you want to have more fun in your classroom with your students and with your lessons. 
    Well, one of the biggest objections we see many middle school ELA teachers making is thinking it’s too much work to make their lessons fun and make sure students are learning.
    In today's episode, we discuss this limiting belief and what we can do about it.
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    Other episodes you might enjoy:
    Constructive Criticism: How to Change Your Mindset and Be Open to Feedback Mini Literary Analysis Writing PD: Hooking Your Students

    • 13 min
    Is It Good Teaching Practice to Use Sentence Starters? - 045

    Is It Good Teaching Practice to Use Sentence Starters? - 045

    As a long-time writing teacher and instructional coach, I’ve learned about this great debate among ELA educators: to provide sentence starters or to not provide sentence starters.  I’ve been shocked to hear that many teachers are very resistant to using sentence starters because they have the belief that sentence starters make students’ writing “too easy, too formulaic, or too boring.”
    But I have one question for you. What’s the alternative? 
    This episode dives deep into the benefits of using sentences starters and might even challenge some of your current beliefs surrounding them. 
    Links mentioned in this episode:
    ebacademics.com/jugglingjustification
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    Other episodes you might enjoy:
    Constructive Criticism: How to Change Your Mindset and Be Open to Feedback Mini Literary Analysis Writing PD: Hooking Your Students

    • 19 min
    Your Limiting Beliefs Are Holding You Back - 044

    Your Limiting Beliefs Are Holding You Back - 044

    As we round out 2019, let's talk about how our limiting beliefs are holding us back from being the best version of ourselves, and ultimately, the best teacher for our students. 
    This episode is short, but powerful, and we urge you to spend some time thinking about what we've brought up and the questions that we leave you with. How can you show up in 2020 that will have the biggest impact in your classroom?
    Links mentioned in this episode:
    ebacademics.com/livetraining
    ebacademics.com/course
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    Your review helps us reach even more middle school ELA teachers just like you! It would mean so much to us. To leave a review in iTunes, click HERE and scroll down to Rating and Reviews. Click on "Write a Review" and let us know how this podcast is helping you in your ELA classroom!
    Other episodes you might enjoy:
    Constructive Criticism: How to Change Your Mindset and Be Open to Feedback Mini Literary Analysis Writing PD: Hooking Your Students

    • 11 min
    Two Big Decisions I Wish I Had Made Sooner and Why You Should Make Them Now - 043

    Two Big Decisions I Wish I Had Made Sooner and Why You Should Make Them Now - 043

    As teachers, of course, we’re constantly adjusting our lessons and even our curriculum. There’s a last minute assembly we have to attend, so our Socratic seminar for Wednesday is rescheduled or the short story we chose for our kids totally backfired and there was little engagement, so we’re scratching it for next year. We’ve grown used to this aspect of our profession. But, what about the things that we need to change that we may not even realize need changing? Whoa, there! There are things I need to change that maybe I don’t even know I should change? Let that soak in for a second …
    What if you had an aha moment, a lightbulbs flashing, confetti dropping moment when you realized there were some changes that could be made that would make your writing curriculum better and produce stronger, more confident student writers, all while making your job a whole lot easier? And you might not even be aware of it right now!!
    Well, after spending quite some time reflecting, I’ve identified two big decisions I wish I had made sooner because once I made them, my teaching felt more streamlined and less choppy. I felt more confident with my instruction and saw BIGGER and BIGGER results. I’m going to break down those decisions for you and why they were so transformative!
    We'd also love to invite you to join us in our Free Live Training, "4 Proven Strategies for Teaching Writing Like a Pro!" where we will be walking you through many important aspects of the EBW Approach and how you can become a kick-a** writing teacher so that the best writers come from YOUR classroom! Reserve your free spot here: ebacademics.com/livetraining 
    Links mentioned in this episode:
    ebacademics.com/livetraining
    Are you enjoying the podcast?
    Tag us @ebacademics and let us know which episode you're listening to!
    Make sure to Subscribe and leave us a Review!
    Your review helps us reach even more middle school ELA teachers just like you! It would mean so much to us. To leave a review in iTunes, click HERE and scroll down to Rating and Reviews. Click on "Write a Review" and let us know how this podcast is helping you in your ELA classroom!
    Other episodes you might enjoy:
    Constructive Criticism: How to Change Your Mindset and Be Open to Feedback Mini Literary Analysis Writing PD: Hooking Your Students

    • 23 min
    BONUS Episode: From Elementary to Middle School Writing - 042

    BONUS Episode: From Elementary to Middle School Writing - 042

    In today's bonus episode Tara, one of the teachers in our Online Professional Development Course Writing Instruction: A Proven Approach, outlines what it was like for her moving from elementary school to middle school English Language Arts and writing. Her journey is one so many teachers can relate to, as many of us are asked to change grade levels throughout the course of our careers. Tara shares why she chose to dive right into the EBW Approach and what it has been doing for her students and their writing!
    We'd also love to invite you to join us in our Free Live Training, "4 Proven Strategies for Teaching Writing Like a Pro!" where we will be walking you through many important aspects of the EBW Approach and how you can become a kick-a** writing teacher as well. Reserve your free spot here: ebacademics.com/livetraining 
    Links mentioned in this episode:
    ebacademics.com/livetraining
    Are you enjoying the podcast?
    Tag us @ebacademics and let us know which episode you're listening to!
    Make sure to Subscribe and leave us a Review!
    Your review helps us reach even more middle school ELA teachers just like you! It would mean so much to us. To leave a review in iTunes, click HERE and scroll down to Rating and Reviews. Click on "Write a Review" and let us know how this podcast is helping you in your ELA classroom!
    Other episodes you might enjoy:
    Constructive Criticism: How to Change Your Mindset and Be Open to Feedback Mini Literary Analysis Writing PD: Hooking Your Students

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

Melissa_1988 ,

Podcast Tuesday is my Favourite Day!

I look forward to Tuesday every week because it’s Podcast Day! I have been listening to this podcast since the beginning and have become so inspired and have added so many strategies to my Teaching Toolkit. Caitlin provides practical advice in extremely relatable areas. Her advice addresses a ton of issues that ELA teachers face, but is delivered in a way that is not overwhelming and does not lead to more work for us as teachers!! Her ideas provide engaging and enriching learning experiences for our students. My teaching has been taken to the next level as a result of learning from Caitlin & Jessica!!

ndeyfer ,

From Surviving to Thriving!

Wow! I’m so inspired! Just listened to an episode about surviving the end of the school year and now I’m ready to THRIVE, not just survive. Love the tips, both curriculum related and personal/professional. Thank you for this podcast. It is a gift.

Lauren1249 ,

Great education podcast!

Thank you for your work on this podcast. I love listening to it as I walk the dog...gaining inspiration and great ideas along the way.

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