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Hey there! We’re Caitlin and Jessica. Middle School ELA teachers on a mission to make your life easier and your students’ writing stronger. Simple as that.

We met while teaching together at a school in Los Angeles, only to find out that we were both from the Bay Area, we both went to the same college, our birthdays are two days apart, and we are essentially the same person (just ask our students). We are so similar that our students (and husbands) couldn’t tell the difference in our voices. Weird? Yes. A meant-to-be friendship? You bet.

We were inspired to create EB Academics because we both love to teach writing and wanted to bring that love to other teachers just like you. We know teaching writing can be a daunting and time-consuming challenge for many, so our #1 goal has become making your life easier as a writing teacher. Everything we create, write, or share is always done with intention and this goal in mind. And this online community we’ve built? Yea, it focuses specifically on Middle School English Language Arts … we thought you’d appreciate that.

Want to know what makes our day? Hearing from teachers (just like you) that our resources or blog posts have saved them time and improved their students’ writing drastically. Really. As corny as it sounds, we have both always wanted to be ELA coaches, and this incredible online forum allows us to do just that.

Excited to get in on the action and learn more about these time-saving resources we’re talking about? We thought so …

… feel free to download your FREE 12-page Writing Guide that we put together just for you. Seriously, you’ll be amazed (and shocked) by what this little 12-page resource is going to do for you in your classroom. Just click here to get in on the action.

Enjoy. And we mean that. Truly enjoy teaching writing from here on out because we’ve got you covered.

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Hi there! We're two middle school ELA teachers with a mission to share ideas, tips, and tricks for effectively teaching reading and writing in the secondary classroom. We're so happy you stopped by!

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But ...⁣⁣
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... you have to make sure you’re using them CORRECTLY!⁣⁣
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So that students are genuinely engaging with and reflecting upon the text in a meaningful way. ⁣⁣
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It’s not all supposed to be just rainbows and bunnies (although who doesn’t love those?!) 🐰 ⁣⁣
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We put a whole blog post together for you all about the one pager assignment so that you can make sure you’re using it effectively in your classroom.⁣
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Head over there so you can make sure to avoid some easy mistakes as well as make sure your students no longer turn in “ehhhh” work!⁣
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So many of you left messages on my post from the other day about needing to hear my message (if you haven’t read it yet, go back a day and do so). ⁣
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But I really do want you to know that as the years go on, you’ll get better at teaching the actual content. ⁣
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You’ll come up with fun lessons and ideas. ⁣
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Exciting and engaging strategies. ⁣
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You’ll be able to track data more easily and use it to help influence your craft. ⁣
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But until then, just teach your kids to be GOOD people. To do good in the world. To love others. ⁣
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And love them. That’s really what so many of them truly need. ⁣
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A good role model and another adult who wants what’s best for them. ⁣
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Do that 😘 ⁣
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  • Alright, alright ... I guess I’ll participate in the #10yearchallenge (even though this is 11 years). ⁣
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I’m trying to think of the advice I would have given to my 22-year old self about teaching ...⁣
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- It’s literally the best job. Ever. Take it from someone who has left teaching twice, only to come back because I missed it so much!⁣
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- You need to learn to separate yourself from your work (especially emotionally when it comes to parents, admin, colleagues, or students who disagree with you). I’ve totally changed how I handle challenging parents/students/situations, and it’s made a WORLD OF A DIFFERENCE in my mental health. ⁣
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- The first 2-3 years, just do your best and love the kids. Eventually you’ll master how to actually teach, but that doesn’t come right at the beginning. You really have to work for that. ⁣
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- Be open to criticism, feedback, and observations!! People really do just want you to be the best teacher you can be! You can’t do that if you aren’t willing to change and try new things. ⁣
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- Sleep. Go to bed at a decent hour and sleep. The grading will always get done, but there’s nothing more important than sleep. ⁣
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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
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