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    Rebeccah Derks
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My new go-to phrase for when my students get cliquey. 💁
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If you weren't following along with @bravoandy's Instagram stories this weekend, we were brought this little nugget of wisdom from a man dressed in a Santa costume. .
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SELF CARE TREAT-YO-SELF ••• It's been a rough go here since Thanksgiving break (well before Thanksgiving break if I'm being honest). Teaching is tough. Teaching in December is just bananas. .
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So I've been working on setting boundaries--at school and at home--in order to be my best self. I work out, I don't bring work home (or at least take it out of my backpack), and I am trying to leave work by 3:30 so I can see the sun for a hot minute. .
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And today, I pulled this sucker out if my closet...my HAPPY LIGHT. Bring on the vitamin D! It may be all a placebo effect, but you gotta do what you gotta do, amiright? .
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Hope all of you are hanging in there. 10 days until break ..not that I'm counting 😉
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SELF CARE TREAT-YO-SELF ••• It's been a rough go here since Thanksgiving break (well before Thanksgiving break if I'm being honest). Teaching is tough. Teaching in December is just bananas. . . So I've been working on setting boundaries--at school and at home--in order to be my best self. I work out, I don't bring work home (or at least take it out of my backpack), and I am trying to leave work by 3:30 so I can see the sun for a hot minute. . . And today, I pulled this sucker out if my closet...my HAPPY LIGHT. Bring on the vitamin D! It may be all a placebo effect, but you gotta do what you gotta do, amiright? . . Hope all of you are hanging in there. 10 days until break ..not that I'm counting 😉 . . . #iteach8th  #iteachmiddleschool  #iteachtoo  #teachersfollowteachers  #2ndaryELA  #teachersofinstagram  #weareteachers  #teacherspayteachers  #tpt  #8thgradersrock  #8thgradersarethebest  #250kpagechallenge  #sa9design 
Here's to #teacherfeetupfriday on crazy sock day. My "Edgar Allan Poe-ka dot" socks made a perfectly timed appearance and I matched with one of my students! .
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I LOVE me some Real Housewives so I'm going to go full Andy Cohen here and talk  about my ROSE 🌹and THORN📍for the week:
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🌹We started Tell Tale Heart this week in both of my classes which is one of my favorite units.
📍I full on tripped while running up to my SMARTboard on Thursday in front of my 7th hour. I caught myself rigggght before I face planted into the wall and the kids were dying of laughter. They sure do #keepmehumble.
🌹I'm chaperoning the school dance tonight which is always a blast. 📍Monday Beccah volunteered to chaperone the dance, but Friday Beccah is so dang tired. .
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Comment with your rose and/or thorn the week. Can you beat my tripping thorn?? .
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Here's to #teacherfeetupfriday  on crazy sock day. My "Edgar Allan Poe-ka dot" socks made a perfectly timed appearance and I matched with one of my students! . . I LOVE me some Real Housewives so I'm going to go full Andy Cohen here and talk about my ROSE 🌹and THORN📍for the week: . 🌹We started Tell Tale Heart this week in both of my classes which is one of my favorite units. 📍I full on tripped while running up to my SMARTboard on Thursday in front of my 7th hour. I caught myself rigggght before I face planted into the wall and the kids were dying of laughter. They sure do #keepmehumble . 🌹I'm chaperoning the school dance tonight which is always a blast. 📍Monday Beccah volunteered to chaperone the dance, but Friday Beccah is so dang tired. . . . Comment with your rose and/or thorn the week. Can you beat my tripping thorn?? . . . #iteach8th  #iteachmiddleschool  #iteachtoo  #teachersfollowteachers  #2ndaryELA  #teachersofinstagram  #weareteachers  #teacherspayteachers  #tpt  #8thgradersrock  #8thgradersarethebest  #250kpagechallenge  #sa9design 
•••Cool story, Poe. Tell it again.•••
Today marked the first day of our "The Tell-Tale Heart" unit--the most glorious unit if all. You may ask, did I get tired of reading the story aloud 4 times today? Poe-lease. Oh course not! .
And our jigsaw introductory lesson went flawlessly 👌🏼.
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Shirt by @buildingbooklove
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•••Cool story, Poe. Tell it again.••• Today marked the first day of our "The Tell-Tale Heart" unit--the most glorious unit if all. You may ask, did I get tired of reading the story aloud 4 times today? Poe-lease. Oh course not! . And our jigsaw introductory lesson went flawlessly 👌🏼. . . Shirt by @buildingbooklove . . #iteach8th  #iteachmiddleschool  #iteachtoo  #teachersfollowteachers  #2ndaryELA  #teachersofinstagram  #weareteachers  #teacherspayteachers  #tpt  #8thgradersrock  #8thgradersarethebest  #250kpagechallenge  #sa9design 
J I G S A W • I decided to jigsaw a introductory lesson to Edgar Allan Poe tomorrow rather than have them do it all independently. I needed a quick way to group students with little to no prep work so I grabbed a deck of cards. I picked the club, diamond, and heart for 10 numbers. Each student will get a card. Their suit will determine their task and their number will determine their group. Easy peasy 👌🏼.
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♥️ One group will be listening to an NPR podcast and answering questions.
♣️ Another group will be watching a short video biography and creating a quick timeline.
♦️The final group will be reading an article about the different ways people think Poe may have died and drawing a conclusion with evidence. .
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I'll report back with how it goes 🧐
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#iteach8th #iteachmiddleschool #iteachtoo #teachersfollowteachers #2ndaryELA #teachersofinstagram #weareteachers #teacherspayteachers #tpt #8thgradersrock #8thgradersarethebest #250kpagechallenge #sa9design
J I G S A W • I decided to jigsaw a introductory lesson to Edgar Allan Poe tomorrow rather than have them do it all independently. I needed a quick way to group students with little to no prep work so I grabbed a deck of cards. I picked the club, diamond, and heart for 10 numbers. Each student will get a card. Their suit will determine their task and their number will determine their group. Easy peasy 👌🏼. . ♥️ One group will be listening to an NPR podcast and answering questions. ♣️ Another group will be watching a short video biography and creating a quick timeline. ♦️The final group will be reading an article about the different ways people think Poe may have died and drawing a conclusion with evidence. . . . I'll report back with how it goes 🧐 . . . #iteach8th  #iteachmiddleschool  #iteachtoo  #teachersfollowteachers  #2ndaryELA  #teachersofinstagram  #weareteachers  #teacherspayteachers  #tpt  #8thgradersrock  #8thgradersarethebest  #250kpagechallenge  #sa9design 
We all needed a little extra umph to get us through the last day before break (☕☕☕☕) so out came the treats and superheroes for 2️⃣ free questions on their APA tests. We may have crawled to the finish line, but we made it. And I just took a 2 hour nap as a reward 🏆. .
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We all needed a little extra umph to get us through the last day before break (☕☕☕☕) so out came the treats and superheroes for 2️⃣ free questions on their APA tests. We may have crawled to the finish line, but we made it. And I just took a 2 hour nap as a reward 🏆. . . . #iteach8th  #iteachmiddleschool  #iteachtoo  #teachersfollowteachers  #2ndaryELA  #teachersofinstagram  #weareteachers  #teacherspayteachers  #tpt  #8thgradersrock  #8thgradersarethebest  #250kpagechallenge  #sa9design 
@liviak1p1 is an OG empowered woman.  She empowers me to think deeply and do better. Though I miss being just down the hall from her, I'm so thankful for food-filled girls weekends where we can catch up on all the things ♥️
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👕: @teachlikeagirl
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I went to #thehateugive with some pretty awesome 7th and 8th graders from my ABC Book Club last night.  We've been waiting for this experience since we read then book in the spring, and it did not disappoint!
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It took me less time to vote than to get my eyebrows threaded (still waiting). •
Go vote and be kind to your poll workers... they're doing the best they can. 💙♥️💙 #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #teacherswhovote  #iteach8th #iteachmiddleschool
🎵I'M SORRY.  FUN BECCAH CANT COME TO THE PHONE RIGHT NOW. WHY? OH, CAUSE SHE'S GRADING PAPERS UNTIL THE END OF TIME.🎵
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Grades are due Friday, and I have 72 papers left to grade. I always struggle finding a balance between giving strong feedback to my students and being able to grade them in a timely fashion. I just don't think large class sizes are conducive to productive writing feedback. Okay, as @the_whimsical_teacher would say, tantie over. .
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My latte is kicking in, I have a plan for how I'm going to finish these this week, and I took a well needed Insta break. Back to the grind. #essayseason .
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🎵I'M SORRY. FUN BECCAH CANT COME TO THE PHONE RIGHT NOW. WHY? OH, CAUSE SHE'S GRADING PAPERS UNTIL THE END OF TIME.🎵 . . . Grades are due Friday, and I have 72 papers left to grade. I always struggle finding a balance between giving strong feedback to my students and being able to grade them in a timely fashion. I just don't think large class sizes are conducive to productive writing feedback. Okay, as @the_whimsical_teacher would say, tantie over. . . . My latte is kicking in, I have a plan for how I'm going to finish these this week, and I took a well needed Insta break. Back to the grind. #essayseason  . . . #iteach8th  #iteachmiddleschool  #iteachtoo  #teachersfollowteachers  #2ndaryELA  #teachersofinstagram  #weareteachers  #teacherspayteachers  #tpt  #8thgradersrock  #8thgradersarethebest  #sa9design 
T R U E  L I F E: My dog attempts to ruin all my photos •••
I was attempting to take a nice picture of my super cute "I read dead people" tee that Ashley from @buildingbooklove designed and my crazy pup, who I love dearly, came flying over and knocked me to the ground wanting to play. Oh lordy. She's lucky she's cute. Swipe ➡️ to see her adorable face post pictures ambush. .
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T R U E L I F E: My dog attempts to ruin all my photos ••• I was attempting to take a nice picture of my super cute "I read dead people" tee that Ashley from @buildingbooklove designed and my crazy pup, who I love dearly, came flying over and knocked me to the ground wanting to play. Oh lordy. She's lucky she's cute. Swipe ➡️ to see her adorable face post pictures ambush. . . . #iteach8th  #iteachmiddleschool  #iteachtoo  #teachersfollowteachers  #2ndaryELA  #teachersofinstagram  #weareteachers  #teacherspayteachers  #tpt  #8thgradersrock  #8thgradersarethebest  #250kpagechallenge  #sa9design 
The last few weeks have been a...well, a doozy. But we're starting our next unit, it's a new week, and I've already had my coffee, so I'm bringing a new attitude into the week. So in the words of Milwaukee hero @christianyelich, let's goooooooo!
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The last few weeks have been a...well, a doozy. But we're starting our next unit, it's a new week, and I've already had my coffee, so I'm bringing a new attitude into the week. So in the words of Milwaukee hero @christianyelich, let's goooooooo! . . . #iteach8th  #iteachmiddleschool  #iteachtoo  #teachersfollowteachers  #2ndaryELA  #teachersofinstagram  #weareteachers  #teacherspayteachers  #tpt  #8thgradersrock  #8thgradersarethebest  #sa9design  #teacherpeptalk  #mondaymotivation 
"Make sure my poodle makes it in the picture!"
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Good golly! My miniature #setthestagetoengage through The Outsiders dress up day was so much fun. I loved seeing my students interpretations of greasers and Socs. Some were very on point and some were...well... trying 😉. .
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"Make sure my poodle makes it in the picture!" . . . Good golly! My miniature #setthestagetoengage  through The Outsiders dress up day was so much fun. I loved seeing my students interpretations of greasers and Socs. Some were very on point and some were...well... trying 😉. . . #iteach8th  #iteachmiddleschool  #iteachtoo  #teachersfollowteachers  #2ndaryELA  #teachersofinstagram  #weareteachers  #teacherspayteachers  #tpt  #8thgradersrock  #8thgradersarethebest  #250kpagechallenge  #sa9design  #theoutsiders 
* 🥁* D R U M * R O L L * P L E A S E *🥁* The 2018-2019 Advisement Book Club (ABC) selections include:
• Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
• Sky in the Deep by @adrienneyoungbooks
• Every Last Word by @tamaraistone
• Pride by @ibizoboi (paired with the original)
• Children of Blood and Bone by @tadeyemibooks.
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I love the genre diversity of these selections from my club leaders. I can't wait to read and discuss these with my ABCers ♥️♥️.
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* 🥁* D R U M * R O L L * P L E A S E *🥁* The 2018-2019 Advisement Book Club (ABC) selections include: • Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson • Sky in the Deep by @adrienneyoungbooks • Every Last Word by @tamaraistone • Pride by @ibizoboi (paired with the original) • Children of Blood and Bone by @tadeyemibooks. . . I love the genre diversity of these selections from my club leaders. I can't wait to read and discuss these with my ABCers ♥️♥️. . . . #iteach8th  #iteachmiddleschool  #iteachtoo  #teachersfollowteachers  #2ndaryELA  #teachersofinstagram  #weareteachers  #teacherspayteachers  #tpt  #8thgradersrock  #8thgradersarethebest  #250kpagechallenge  #sa9design  #ABCbookclub 
FLEXIBLE SEATING • • • 
This spot is a classroom fave this year. Though we couldn't for the life of us figure out how to move the ADJUSTABLE table up and down last year, my smarties figured it out on day 1 this year. Though I spend a lot of my day saying "pick one height and keep it there!", I love that this is truly a FLEXIBLE seating choice.
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What are your favorite flexible seating areas this year??? .
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FLEXIBLE SEATING • • • This spot is a classroom fave this year. Though we couldn't for the life of us figure out how to move the ADJUSTABLE table up and down last year, my smarties figured it out on day 1 this year. Though I spend a lot of my day saying "pick one height and keep it there!", I love that this is truly a FLEXIBLE seating choice. . . . What are your favorite flexible seating areas this year??? . . . #iteach8th  #iteachmiddleschool  #iteachtoo  #teachersfollowteachers  #2ndaryELA  #teachersofinstagram  #weareteachers  #teacherspayteachers  #tpt  #8thgradersarethebest  #250kpagechallenge  #sa9design  #flexibleseating 
This handlettering, y'all 👀👀 .
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We have conferences this week so I am catching up on the BIGGEST pile of papers I've had so far this year. #justkeepswimming .
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This week's crazy 40* weather changes has me feeling all sorts of feelings, but we finished  The Outsiders yesterday, and  like every year, I'm reminded to take a step back and appreciate the good. So STAY GOLD, all my fellow #teacherfeetupfriday friends. Stay gold. .
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This week's crazy 40* weather changes has me feeling all sorts of feelings, but we finished The Outsiders yesterday, and like every year, I'm reminded to take a step back and appreciate the good. So STAY GOLD, all my fellow #teacherfeetupfriday  friends. Stay gold. . . . #iteach8th  #iteachmiddleschool  #iteachtoo  #teachersfollowteachers  #2ndaryELA  #teachersofinstagram  #weareteachers  #teacherspayteachers  #tpt  #8thgradersrock  #8thgradersarethebest  #250kpagechallenge  #sa9design