Teaching Middle School ELA podcast

Teaching Middle School ELA

Caitlin Mitchell

How do I create engaging and rigorous lessons for my students? How can I better manage the planning, grading, and paperwork required of me as a Middle School English Language Arts teacher? How can I create strong and passionate writers? Most importantly, how can I create a work-life balance that allows me to enjoy weekends and pursue the career I love? Welcome to the Teaching Middle School ELA podcast where, each Tuesday, we will answer these questions and more! Each Tuesday, join hosts Caitlin Mitchell and Jessica Cannata as they deliver curriculum and lesson ideas, share classroom stories, and interview fellow educators who are experts in the field. If you teach reading and writing to middle schoolers and want to get inspired with some fresh ideas, productivity tips, and top-notch pedagogical strategies, then this is the podcast for you!

147 Episodes

  • Teaching Middle School ELA podcast

    The Easy Halloween Activity You’ll Want to Do With Your Students Tomorrow - 147

    14:42

    Ah, Halloween: the time of year when your students start to get really antsy. Listen as Caitlin and Jessica share a great activity that will keep them engaged while staying on target with their learning goals. Links mentioned in this episode: http://ebacademics.com/escaperoom 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: H
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    Hook Students With Engaging Lessons at the Start of Any Unit - 146

    21:48

    Caitlin and Jessica will talk about the importance of the “Into” lesson for building background knowledge, activating prior learning, and building students’ motivation to learn. Even better, they will offer three awesome ideas that you can use before any unit you’re teaching! Links mentioned in this episode: http://ebacademics.com/escaperoom https://ebacademics.com/blog-posts 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: H
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    (Please) Stop Staying at School Past Your Contracted Hours - 145

    18:20

    If you’re spending too much of your personal time (after school, weekends, and during breaks) planning and grading, then listen as Caitlin and Jessica talk batch planning: what it is, how to get started, and what you can do with all that free time you’ll have after you’ve implemented this approach! Links mentioned in this episode: http://ebacaemics.com/membership https://ebacademics.com/2020/04/ep-62-three-tips-to-start-batch-planning-your-lessons-now.html https://ebacademics.com/2021/01/ep-102-move-past-overwhelm-and-start-batch-lesson-planning-today.html https://ebacademics.com/2021/01/ep-104-a-reluctant-batch-planner-shares-her-success-story.html 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: H
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    The Most Effective Way to Teach Grammar - 144

    15:31

    Teaching grammar is one of the most common pain points we hear about from teachers. But grammar lessons don’t have to be painful for you or your students! Listen as Caitlin and Jessica walk you through some simple steps for teaching grammar effectively and efficiently.  Listen as Caitlin and Jessica explain what academic vocabulary is, why it’s important, and how you can choose the right terms to teach your students. They will even direct you to a free, engaging lesson that incorporates great academic vocabulary! Links mentioned in this episode: ebacademics.com/grammarlesson 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: H
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    Your Academic Vocabulary Ecosystem - 143

    9:46

    Listen as Caitlin and Jessica explain what academic vocabulary is, why it’s important, and how you can choose the right terms to teach your students. They will even direct you to a free, engaging lesson that incorporates great academic vocabulary! Links mentioned in this episode: ebacademics.com/detectivelesson 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: H
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    Why Some Teachers Have That “X-Factor” - 142

    17:50

    Take a listen and reflect on the steps you need to take in order to be the teacher you want to be, do great work, and thrive in and outside your classroom. You can have that X-Factor, too -- you just need to put in the work, and Caitlin and Jessica will show you how. Links mentioned in this episode: http://ebacademics.com/book 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: H
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    Fitting It All In (No Matter How Long or Short Your Class Periods Are) - 141

    22:52

    No matter the hand you are dealt when it comes to the length of your class periods, you can make it work with careful prioritizing and strategic planning. Jessica and Caitlin will explain how you can use the standards as your North Star to guide you as you schedule bell ringers, vocab and grammar lessons, reading and writing activities, and silent reading periods. Links mentioned in this episode: http://ebacademics.com/bellringers http://ebacademics.com/escaperoom 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: H
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    Get a Grasp on Your Grading with These 3 Quick Ideas - 140

    14:40

    Is grading taking over your work and home life? It’s easy for ELA teachers to feel overloaded and overburdened with assignments to assess. Take a few minutes to listen to this game-changing episode that will inspire and guide you toward reducing your grading load, so you can truly thrive. 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: H  
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    The Single Most Effective Classroom Management System - 139

    15:47

    Are you looking for a simple, positive, effective classroom management system? Listen as Caitlin shares her favorite method for managing classroom behavior and routines. The best part? It requires very little effort to implement! Links mentioned in this episode: https://ebacademics.com/2018/12/classroom-management-idea-for-middle-school.html 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: H  
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    Get Your Students Begging for More with This First Day of School Activity - 138

    14:12

    The crew of a ship stumbles upon another ship at sea. Upon investigation, they find that all the cargo is still onboard, but the crew has vanished. Are you hooked? Your students will be too, in this engaging first-day activity that will really set your expectations for the school year! 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: H  

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