Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Promethean Flip Charts

Last year I got a new Promethean board for my room and I love it. One of the great things about ii is that you can import Smartboard and Powerpoint presentations. I assume that you can do the same in reverse but I'm not sure. On this page I would like to share some of the flipcharts I have made that I think you might fined helpful. They are editable and hopefully can save you some time. I often get items from Promethean Planet which is a great resource. However I find that once again the resources for middle and upper grades is limited. I will update this page regularly so check back often.

You will need Active Inspire software to open these charts. You can get a free version to download  at prometheanplanet.com

Daily Oral Language Charts: I use these as Warm-up activities.  The students start when they enter the room correcting two sentences and then we quickly go over them together. I will randomly call them a quiz and take a grade in my grade book, This keeps them honest and doing their best work.

Daily Oral Language Hairy Beast Saga Grades 6-9

DOL 3-7 
DOL 6-10
DOL 8-10
DOL 11-13

10,000 Dollar Pyramid


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Plot Diagrams

I start off my reading program with a short story unit every year. When we finish the unit I have my students complete a plot diagram over a book they have read independently.  The kids like doing them and it really requires them to analyze the literature they are reading on their own.  This year I will probably have them complete a draft in their interactive notebooks before I give them final copy paper. The teacher input side will be notes over the requirements for the poster.  

 The link for the student guide can be found here in my TPT store.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Create a Free Avatar for Your Class

Hello, I just wanted to share the voki I created for open house. It was really easy and fun. I created one of my dog since I seem to mention him pretty often, but you can create a wide variety of avatars using the free version. There is of course a paid version that you can buy. Go check it out!
Just click on the Voki link above and your on your way!

You can get your Voki here

Friday, July 20, 2012


My name is Renee Miler and I am new to the blogging scene. I want a place to share some of the random things that take place in my life, and in my classroom. I also want to share some of the interesting sites, blogs, and people that I come across on the web. I have seen so many awesome blogs lately that I must admit I am a little bit intimidated.  However, most are geared toward the elementary classroom and this one will be more for those of us who are crazy enough to teach in the middle.

I have been a teacher for 16 years at a small rural school in Missouri. I teach 7th grade, 8th grade. and Freshman language arts (no pressure there).  I really like teaching and I love my job. I must admit though that it seems that teachers have become the "bad guys" in the last few years both in the media, and with lawmakers.  If you have tenure and have devoted you life to a school district, people assume you no longer work as hard, or you are unwilling to try new strategies in your classroom. I think this current mentality is what has prompted me to start this blog. 

I have changed the way I do things every year in my room. I am constantly on the lookout for some way to make my lessons more engaging for my kids.  I will be sharing some of my finds, and some of the things that I have learned over the years on weekly posts to this site.  Hopefully, you will be able to find some ideas to help you in your classroom as you pursue your career in the ever changing world of education.