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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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  • This honestly might be my favorite tip I’ve EVER come across on IG. EVER!!! 🤗🤗🤗 It’s from my friend Melissa @readingandwritinghaven ⁣
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It’s meant to ensure you’re not teaching writing genres in isolation. KEY 👌🏼 ⁣
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Here’s how it works:⁣
- Take a topic and put it in the middle⁣
- Brainstorm possible titles or questions related to that topic that could be addressed in different genres ⁣
- Give students choice and have them pick 1-2 genres to write ⁣
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Honestly. Brilliant. ⁣
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Thanks @readingandwritinghaven !! And if you aren’t a fan of Melissa yet, you definitely should be 😘♥️
  • It’s about this time of year that I always seem to think about quitting. Every year. Without fail. ⁣
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And I think it’s because it’s the hardest part. ⁣
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Just like how at the gym you think there’s no way in HECK you can do that last push-up or that last squat. ⁣
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May is that last lunge. ⁣
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But I remind myself every time, that I’ve left teaching twice only to be MISERABLE. ⁣
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The grass almost always looks greener. But it’s not always greener. ⁣
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Just take care of yourself, let things go, give every piece of effort, and then enjoy your summer knowing you reached deep within yourself to make it there. ⁣
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And make it there happily, filled with contentment. ⁣
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Happy Friday in May, friends. Love you guys 😘 📸 @carlacoulson
  • Tell me what you’re teaching right now 👇🏼 Seriously! Let’s get a catalogue of awesome content, so we can all learn from each other!⁣
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I’m currently teaching a fan favorite “The Cask of Amontillado” - the irony, the foreshadowing, the evil soul of Montressor ... it is SO GOOD. ⁣
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Anyhow, we’re still trucking along to the end! Keeping it interesting and engaging with great lit!⁣
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Love you guys 😘 Keep up the good work!
  • When is your bedtime? Because please tell me I’m not the only one 🙋🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️ (I might even change that to 8:30 at this point 😆).⁣
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Happy Monday, friends 💕 ⁣
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Let’s kick this week off with a bang! I’ve got an awesome podcast episode coming out tomorrow with my friend, Holly @researchandplay and next week’s episode is going to be *JUST* what you need to hear this time of year. ⁣
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Love you guys! 😘
  • My Mom’s best advice ...?⁣
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Life is short. Drink the Chardonnay. Eat the carbs. Travel the world 😂😘 (Which is precisely what we’re doing in this pic from our last trip to Italy together) ♥️ Gotta love her. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Happy Mother’s Day! I am a proud momma to my little William and two furry boys, Charlie and Huckleberry 👶🏼🐕🐕 and just want to celebrate all the women in our lives - whether you are a mom, hoping to become a mom, or don’t have the desire to be a mom. ⁣
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Women are amazing!⁣
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What’s your mom’s best advice?
  • Double tap if this students’ response was on point and made you laugh 😂😆 Honestly this is one of my favorite IG posts I’ve ever seen! Thanks @helloteacherlady for spreading the laughs 🤗

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