Katie Miller

Katie can often be found in the language arts middle school classroom during the school year attempting to engage students with some of her favorites: creative drama, global books, blogging, and any kind of writing. On weekends it all depends on the season: hiking in the hills with her husband and yellow lab, cross-country skiing, reading books, coaching soccer, swimming or out running. Atop all of that, she also enjoys traveling the world and visiting family that lives scattered across the U.S. Of all things, she hopes to teach and live life with passion.

Creative Writing and Blogging

Creative Writing and Blogging

If your students are anything like mine, they are always asking, no, begging, for more creative writing. I turned to blogging to provide both my seventh and eighth grade students more opportunities to write creatively with an audience of their peers. There are plenty of my students who do not need a prompt to get

If your students are anything like mine, they are always asking, no, begging, for more creative writing. I turned to blogging to provide both my seventh and eighth grade students more opportunities to write creatively with an audience of their peers. There are plenty of my students who do not need a prompt to get... read more

Jump-start the New School Year Blogging: Biography blogs

Jump-start the New School Year Blogging: Biography blogs

Start of School Waxed floors Buzzing of Voices Lockers clanging Bells ringing “Do we have assigned seats?” “Do we need notebooks today?” “What’s for lunch?” “Jason? Here. Becky? Here.” When the start of school is just around the corner I begin thinking about how I want to start off my year to help build an

Start of School Waxed floors Buzzing of Voices Lockers clanging Bells ringing “Do we have assigned seats?” “Do we need notebooks today?” “What’s for lunch?” “Jason? Here. Becky? Here.” When the start of school is just around the corner I begin thinking about how I want to start off my year to help build an... read more

How to Encourage Constructive Commenting

How to Encourage Constructive Commenting

“Great Job!👍😍” “I really liked your writing!👏❤️” “Awesome!!!!💛 💚 💙 💜” Flashback: year one. Yes, the first days my middle school students began blogging and commenting on each others work in the classroom looked like colorful skittles on the page. The comments were a combination of emoji icons and short, clipped phrases of “nice job”

“Great Job!👍😍” “I really liked your writing!👏❤️” “Awesome!!!!💛 💚 💙 💜” Flashback: year one. Yes, the first days my middle school students began blogging and commenting on each others work in the classroom looked like colorful skittles on the page. The comments were a combination of emoji icons and short, clipped phrases of “nice job”... read more