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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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And teaching English (yes, I know I started my sentence with “and”) always made me feel ALIVE. ⁣
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It brought out so much emotion, and joy, and passion. ⁣
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The reason I wanted to become an English teacher was because of my high school English teacher, Mr. Jaeger. He stood on desks, walked around with a wooden sword as a prop, and loved Gatsby and Kerouac and Emerson. ⁣
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What an impact he had on my life!!⁣
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Just know that in some way, YOU are having the same sort of impact on a student’s life in your classroom, too. ⁣
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As the year gets just a little bit closer to starting, I just wanted to remind you of the impact you have and the difference you really DO make. ⁣
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I appreciate both Caitlin and Jessica, and I look forward to what's in store!”⁣
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Send me a DM if you’d like more information!
  • Let me know in the comments if you have a special reading area or nook for your students! If so, what does it look like?⁣
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I really love the various nooks and design ideas that Elizabeth from @4thgradeunicorns ⁣shares ♥️
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Not everything about the design of your classroom has to be crazy and over the top. Just giving students a special place to sit and read a book with a floor pillow is pretty much all you need to make reading feel just a bit more magical and special to them. ⁣
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  • Being a teacher is seriously TOUGH work. ⁣
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It can be so incredibly exhausting sometimes that even folding that massive pile of laundry ends up going to the wayside for WEEKS. Please tell me I’m not alone in that?! 😱⁣
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But I’ll tell you right now that what made a difference for me in my classroom for the past handful of years was ...⁣
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... being prepared. ⁣
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Yep. As simple as that sounds. ⁣
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Lesson planning in advance. ⁣
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Knowing EXACTLY what I was going to teach and when. ⁣
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Knowing how I was going to open and close my class each and every day. ⁣
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Knowing how I was going to incorporate engaging activities that nailed those standards. ⁣
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And THAT was a great feeling. ⁣
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Jessica and I are here to help you get that same feeling with our totally **FREE** Balanced Teaching Approach Online Workshop specifically designed for Middle School ELA Teachers. ⁣
But, it’s being archived on July 9th, so now is the time to join us!⁣
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If you’re interested in getting your weekends and weeknights back and feeling that same way I did, send me a DM, and I’ll get the link to register for free over to you ASAP!⁣
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We’ve got you! 😘
  • How often do you have students clean out their binders/desks? Because I love this idea to Marie Kondo student binders from @theclassroomsparrow 😂🤗 She has great blog posts and ELA content ideas, if you’re looking for another ELA teacher to follow! ♥️

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