If you are like me, you are always trying to find new and innovative ways to get your students engaged in your lesson...or at least to buy into what you are teaching. The daily “sit and get” or the constant shuffling of stations can grow tiresome. One new learning style I recently discovered is called…Read more
About: Michelle Areaux
Michelle Areaux was born in Nicholasville, KY where she currently resides with her husband Anthony, and sons Connor and Cooper. She attended the University of Kentucky where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education and Asbury University where she earned her Master of Arts. Currently, Michelle is a middle school language arts teacher at Edythe Jones Hayes Middle School in Lexington, Kentucky and an avid reader. Her first novel, Wicked Cries, motivated her to continue writing and publishing novels for both young adult and new adult audiences.
Recent Posts by Michelle Areaux
It seems everywhere you look in our society, kids have their noses stuck in a cell phone or iPad or another type of electronic device. We’ve all seen the hilarious videos of people falling into water founts at the mall while scrolling through their phones, or the photos of kids sitting together at a social…Read more
For most teachers, we spend countless hours planning and creating fun lessons for our students to enjoy. In reality, most of those lessons never see the light of day because we are forced to now design each daily lesson around a standardized test that, honestly, does not measure what our students can ACTUALLY do or…Read more
I am sure by now, most educators have heard the phrase; Professional Learning Community or PLC. In the middle school where I teach, we have embraced the ideas of the PLC and have begun a new approach to our teaching standards and monthly faculty meetings. We even had to include the idea of utilizing a…Read more
All educators are thrown different reading strategies that are supposed to close the gap with our reluctant and struggling readers. Every year it seems a new and powerful method is developed that will be the saving grace all teachers dream for. As wonderful as that sounds, many of us understand that a beautifully packaged program…Read more
As a middle school language arts teacher for almost eight years, I have found myself seeking new and different ways to teach writing within my classroom. I have always enjoyed writing as I am a writer, but teaching writing- that has always been a stressful part of my job. I am sure you too, can…Read more
If you are like me, you are always searching for ways to promote literacy among your students. During the school year, we all deal with reluctant readers, those that have difficulty comprehending, and those that do not have access to quality books. This struggle can be disheartening to both educators and our students alike. While…Read more
The idea of summer reading, as wonderful as it sounds to educators, is usually a dreaded phrase to students and parents alike. For kids, summer is supposed to be full of sunshine, fun, and freedom. Not reading some boring book their lame teachers selected. Right? No! This is a mindset that we must change for…Read more
I know all teachers can say first hand, going to professional development courses can be a cruel punishment. Not wanting to sound negative, I am going to be brutally honest here and say the required trainings can be both exhausting and soul draining. We are expected to sit for hours, listening to someone who hasn’t…Read more
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