Shelley Reichert
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I am a National Boards Certified Teacher who teaches 8th grade language arts.

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Take Attendance Using Your Smartboard

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 7:38pm 0 Comments

A few months ago, I came across a blog…

Llamas, Zombies, Ninja Deer, and Chuck Norris

Posted on April 30, 2010 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

Today I had my students get into groups of four to compose sentences with complements. First they were to create a sentence with a direct object.

Example: James ate a sandwich.

Then each group was…


Just Call Me the Post-it Queen

Posted on April 26, 2010 at 6:52pm 3 Comments

I LOVE post-it notes! I have students use them in all shapes and sizes for a variety of purposes. They’re not only a quick way for students to share ideas when working in collaborative groups, but they also help to add a bit of color to my otherwise white classroom walls.

Today, I learned about wallwisher…


Adapting the Four Blocks Literacy Model to the 52 Minute Class Period

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 8:03pm 0 Comments

This year, I formatted my language arts class based on a modified Four Blocks Literacy Model in attempts to create a balanced literacy program that meets the diverse needs of all my students. Although the true four blocks model takes place in a single block class session, I am forced to teach my blocks throughout the week within 52 minute class periods. In a typical week…


Seat Pockets

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 9:12pm 3 Comments

With the help of my mother-in-law's superb sewing skills, I created seat pockets for each student desk in my classroom. I have five rows with five student desks in each row labeled with a number and a letter A1-A5, B1-B5, C1-C5, D1-D5, and E1-E5. I gave each row a different color seat pocket. I've found that this is an efficient way to form collaborative groups based on any data (MAP scores, high-low reading levels, personality, etc). All the kids know is that they are in the purple group…

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At 4:45pm on April 27, 2010, Leon Avrech said…
Shelley, anyone who wants to buy the signed copy from me, the cost is $10. made out to Leon Avrech. I will pay shipping charges. Thanks. Leon
At 4:35pm on April 27, 2010, Leon Avrech said…
Hi Shelley, my name is Leon Avrech, San Jose CA. I am retired 8th grade U.S. History teacher, vice principal, principal, and mentor teacher. I am writing you because you are in middle school and I have a passion for middle school. I recently had a book published,"Think You Can Teach? A Survival Guide For New Middle School Teachers". It is an enormous help to new and soon to be new teachers. It is important that new middle school teachers be successful. The book is available from Amazon or signed copy from me: Classroom. P.O.BOX 36036 San Jose, CA 95158 Please tell new teachers and your human resources person. The book is inexpensive and loads of helpful information from first day of orientation to end of year evaluation. Available to: Thank you, Shelley. Leon Avrech
At 4:18pm on February 1, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Shelley. I was wondering if you have students or educator contacts who would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. You can view contest details at Please let me know. Thanks!


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