" Addie Education - Teacher Talk

Monday, February 23, 2015

Teachers Are Heroes - Super Secondary Sale on TpT!

Thrilled to have connected with such an amazing group of Teacher-Authors through TeachersPayTeachers to participate in the 
Teachers Are Heroes Super Secondary Sale ~ Feb. 25 & 26, 2015
on Teachers Pay Teachers!  Many of us are offering up to 20% off plus the 10% that TpT has!  So check out our stores and set up your wishlists.

Don't forget to use Promo Code HEROES... the last sale I forget to use the code ~ Oopss!!

Addie Williams
Danielle Knight (Study All Knight) 
The Classroom Sparrow
Michele Luck's Social Studies 
Getting Nerdy with Mel and Gerdy

Mad Science Lessons 
Juggling ELA
Krystal Mills - Lessons From The Middle 
Teaching High School Math 
To the square inch- Kate Bing Coners 
Charlene Tess 
Pamela Kranz
The Creative Classroom

Kristin Lee
Mrs. Brosseau's Binder 
James Whitaker's SophistThoughts

Darlene Anne
ELA Everyday
Lessons With Coffee
Teaching FSL
Room 213
Lindsay Perro 
Liz's Lessons 
21st Century Math Projects

The SuperHERO Teacher
Science Stuff 
Kate's Classroom Cafe 
A Space to Create

Created by MrHughes
Leah Cleary
Secondary Solutions
All Things Algebra
Tracee Orman
Live Love Math

Ruth S.

2 Peas and a Dog
FisherReyna Education
Rachel Friedrich
Linda Jennifer
For the Love of Teaching Math
The Career Ready Teacher 

Mrs S's Health and PE Resources

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Valentine's Day Blog Hop 2015 - Valentine Writing Activities

I love that I've teamed up with the wonderful gals at Faulkner's Fast Five, The Language Arts Classroom and The Literary Maven for another Secondary Blog Hop! This month's theme is "Feeling the Love" in honour of Valentine's Day.

What I LOVE about teaching...
I love that each day is different and that I know I'm guaranteed a good laugh with each of my classes.  I also love seeing the "light bulb go on"... I love seeing a student suddenly realize that poetry isn't really that bad after all... I love it when former students come to find me in the school to say hello... and I love it when students see their hard work and perseverance pay off. 

Valentine's Day Resource I LOVE...
I have a series of resources called "Interview With A __________" and the one I created for Valentine's Day is one of my favourites.  Interview With Cupid asks students to pretend they have the opportunity to interview Cupid - what would they ask? What questions would they have for Cupid?  Students must create questions and then make up the answers to complete a Cupid Biography.  The things my students come up with are always hilarious and love reading their work when they're done.


Funny Valentine's Day Gift
On old boyfriend of mine once sent me a beautiful bouquet of flowers to me at school.  I was thrilled... and proudly put them in a vase on my desk.  I had no idea that those dang flowers would result in a student bursting into tears upon entering my classroom.  She walked in and said something along the lines of "Are those flowers yours? Are they for Valentine's Day?"  When I sweetly explained that they were from my boyfriend, she threw herself down at her desk, burst into tears and wailed "I HATE Valentine's Day and I HATE boys."  I managed to calm her down and quickly put the flowers in my office... hopefully out of her sight and out of her mind.  Aahh... the ups and downs of teen romance.

Something I'd LOVE to do??  
Do I only get to pick one thing? This is too hard... my list is really long:  Travel the South Pacific, do an African safari, adventure through South America... learn to cook better, drink less Coca-Cola, workout more often... I feel like I'm listing my failed New Year's resolutions... 

A Book I've Loved Reading Recently
I'm cheating again... I have two.
The Good Girl by Mary Kubika - If you loved Gone Girl, I think you'll also love The Good Girl. A great story - kept me guessing and on my toes.

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu - A fantastic young adult novel that focuses on a girl called Alice and the impact that one rumour had on her high school life.  A hard hitting a realistic look at high school bullying.

Happy Valentine's Day!
~ Addie

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Epic Secondary ELA Giveaway!

Thrilled be giving a helping hand to my friend at Room 213 and have donated a product to her EPIC prize pack!  Check out all of the wonderful teachers who have contributed!!  Whoa... that's a prize pack my friends!! Each of the prizes can be used in Middle or High School ELA classroom!!


The Daring English Teacher: Editable English Tests
The Language Arts Classroom: Write a Tabloid for a Mobile Device
The ELA Buffet: Poetry Close Reading
Here's the best part--you get up to 50 chances to win!  Just follow each seller on TpT, Facebook or her blog; every click gives you a chance to win this amazing bundle of products! Winner will be announced on Feb. 8th!! 
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Review Game - Works for ANY Subject!

If you're anything like me, you like to mix it up and have fun with your students.  Here's a fun review game my students LOVE to play and it's easy peasy, lemon squeasy!!

I divide my students up into groups of 2-4 and have them sit together - I sometimes put friends together and sometimes I mix them all up.

Using sticky notes, I write as many vocabulary words as I can from our unit of study. (One word per sticky)  It's okay if you use the same word more than once because you will have different groups.  

I circulate the room and put a sticky on each student's back / shoulder.  The  students in their group are allowed to look at the vocabulary words on each other's back but they can't say any of the words out loud.  Then, taking turns, the students ask "yes" or "no" questions to their group members to try to guess what the vocabulary word on their back is.  When all of the team members have guessed what their vocabulary word is, I circulate again and add more stickies.  Usually 5-6 rounds is good - but my students often ask to play longer!

I teach science and there is a lot of vocabulary associated with each unit... this is a fun way to get the kids thinking about "good" questions to ask to help them narrow down their thinking to get to their word.

I also teach ELA and have used this same technique during a novel study to review literary terms, characters, plot elements and more!  

At the end of the year when it's time for what I call a "MEGA Review" I put the kids in groups and give each group their own pad of sticky notes.  They love to write vocabulary words for each other and try to outsmart each other - it's a lot of fun!

If you're looking for more ideas to help students study and review vocabulary and important concepts, check out the FREEBIE I have posted in my TeachersPayTeacher store.  Click the image below to grab a copy!  It's another fun activity using sticky notes!!


I've also got a set of posters to help students learn the key words associated with test taking.  My students often need to review these terminology of test questions and these posters have helped. Click the image to check them out.


~ Addie ~

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Out of the Deep Freeze - Poetry Resources

I'm happy to be linking up with another instalment of the Secondary Smorgasbord Linky hosted by ELA Buffet and Desktop Learning Adventures.
This month we're featuring products that we feel just aren't getting the love we think they deserve... so we're pulling things out of the deep freeze, thawing them out and putting them on display! 
(This also reminds me that I should really clean out my freezer... don't even want to know what's hiding in there!)

I've been working on some new POETRY resources that are a little more interactive than what I've traditionally done with my students.  I know that the word POETRY is likely to result in groans and whining from my students so I've created some resources to help keep them a little more engaged.  

My Poetry Flip Book is a fun way for students to learn the figurative language terms often associated with a Poetry Unit.  Students create a booklet that can be used on its own or as part of an interactive notebook. Click on the image below to check it out in my TpT Store.

Here are two more interactive POETRY RESOURCES you can check out in my TpT Store.

Be sure to check out the other really COOL blogs that have linked up for the Secondary Smorgasbord "Out of the Deep Freeze" Linky.

Monday, December 29, 2014

New Year, New Goals, New Teaching Activity!

Looking for something to start off the new year with your students?  Here's an easy and fun activity to do with students from 4th-10th grade!

I use these graphic organizers as a way to get students thinking about their goals for the new year!  I've included two organizers in the download - one with 10 questions for the new year and another one that is blank.  Use the blank one to reflect back on the Top 10 events of 2014, the Top 10 books they read... lots of ideas to get students reflecting on their past or thinking forward to their future.  Click the image to grab a FREE copy from my TpT Store.

I like to do the activity too and share my goals and dreams with the class - it helps them to connect with me and see me as a real person.  These make a nice bulletin board or classroom display - students love to read and share their goals with each other.

Happy New Year!
~ Addie ~

We're Halfway There Secondary Sale!

Can you believe we're halfway (or almost halfway) through the school year!?  Time flies when we're having fun right?

To celebrate many Secondary Teachers (including me!) are having a SALE with savings of up to 20%!! 

Be sure to browse through the fabulous Teacherspayteachers stores linked up below and purchase amazing resources on Dec. 31 - Jan. 1st.

~ Addie ~
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