Daily Archives: January 18, 2021

January 2021 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s 2021! Time sure flies. We have some great ideas for you in our January edition of Teacher Talk. So hurry on over to see what these creative educators are doing this month.

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Remedies for Physical and Mental Health

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

Now that the holidays are over and 2021 has begun, and many of you are returning to school, you need to be healthy both physically and mentally. Here are more tips to on how to take, and store homeopathic remedies.

Bringing in the Experts

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

Anyone else tired of hearing your own voice? It’s time to bring in the experts with virtual field trips. Here is a round-up of some amazing programs!

Inaugurations Past and Present

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Looking forward to Inauguration Day and remembering Inaugural addresses of the past.
STEM and History – Unlikely, But Effective, Companions

By Renee Heiss of All-American Teacher Tools

How do you add STEM to your Social Studies classes? By asking students to think about STEM accomplishments in the past!

All We Need

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

Besides the melodies, what made the Beatles’ songs so popular was the human truths they communicated. The bully has had control of the bully pulpit for several years, so it is imperative that we all work on kindness in our individual lives right now.

How to Reduce Wordy Sentences

By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess

Learning to reduce wordy sentences is a writing skill that cannot be ignored.

6 Ways to Improve Reading Skills

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Learn 6 easy tips to help you improve the reading skills of your most reluctant readers.

Teaching Through Changing Times

By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas For Those Who Love Teaching

Tips to navigate through teaching during these changing times.

My Rule #4 for Teaching Middle School

By Katie Auer of Loving Language Arts

#4 in a series of how to bring out the best behavior in middle school students.

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Free Inference Cheat Sheet


Do your students insert examples and quotes into their texts without properly analyzing them? Without proper analysis, an essay can sound like a long, drawn-out list written in complete sentences. We teach students to infer and to analyze, but they sometimes forget to incorporate this into their texts and essays.

I have created an “Inference Cheat Sheet” with key inferencing words and phrases to remind students that after inserting a piece of evidence, they need to explain its relevance.

Included are:

❒ Two different styles of the at-a-glance “Cheat Sheet.”

❒ An inference poster (8.5×11) – as seen on the cover.

❒ Two different styles of letters for an inference bulletin board.

❒ A copy of ALL the phrases used on the Cheat Sheet to create a bulletin board in class.

I hope that this resource will be helpful to students in your classes.

You may also be interested in the following products:

Analyze This!

English Grammar Cheat Sheet

Essay Writing Flip Book

Parts of Speech Grammar Circles

Poster: Developing Themes in Literature

Teaching the Essay Package

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
24 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Hunger Games Valentine Cards Free Printables”

by Tracee Orman
5th – 12th Grade

Happy Hunger Games…oops, I mean Valentine’s Day! Here are my popular Valentine printables from my blog with some new designs added. This download includes five pages with six Valentines on each page.

The messages are:
Valentine, you’re more charming than a dead slug!
I’m aiming for you, Valentine!
I’m fired up to be your valentine.
May the odds be ever in your favor, Valentine.
Still betting on you, Valentine.
You have no idea. The effect you can have.
You here to finish me off, Sweetheart?
You love me. Real or Not Real?
Here’s some advice. Be Mine.
You are my dandelion in the spring, Valentine.
Stay with me. Always.
You are radiant as the sun, Valentine.
You’re hotter than Finnick Odair in his underwear. (Warning, that one may not be appropriate for younger students. Use your best judgement.)
I’ll bake you bread, Valentine.

I hope you enjoy!
Created by Tracee Orman
Hunger Games Lessons


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