Each month, we share five things we love as part of our Footnotes Newsletter. Take a look at some of our favorite English language arts articles, resources, and more we found in February!

1. Speed Dating with Books

Looking for a lively activity that’ll get your students excited about independent reading? Try book “speed dating”! Find all the details about this buzzworthy lesson plan at the Learning in Room 213 blog!

2. 10 Resources to Prepare Students for Middle School and High School ELA Standardized Tests

With standardized testing taking place in public schools around the country, you may be thinking about preparing your students for the exams. In her latest blog post, Christina at The Daring English Teacher has compiled her favorite test prep activities designed to easily fit into your current lesson plans.

3. Do You Have to 'Love' Every Student? And What If You Don't?

Just like relationships outside of the classroom, not every student-teacher relationship will be a positive one. And sometimes, that’s okay. In this article for Education Week, several teachers explain how to work with difficult students so that everyone gains something meaningful from the connection.

4. Simple Ways to Encourage Kindness in Students of All Ages

Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day all year long with these inspirational projects, games, and other activities appropriate for all grade levels!

5. I Ended Class Early...

Lastly, we have this moving blog entry by The Tatted Teacher. As part of their poetry unit, students in his class were given the option to present some personal poems they’d written. What happened next was an incredible lesson in empathy and respect.