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Creating the Syllabus

On Monday I went shopping with my mom, and it was so fun to spend some much needed time with her!

I went in to the Coach store just to look covet my new obsession, the Madison Madeline, and look what I walked out with...

It's a sickness...moving on!

Monday evening was spent creating my classroom syllabus. Every year, I angst over this, because I know it is the first thing my students will receive from me. Even though I inevitably know that ten of them will be left on desks the first day of school, I want them to come away with a better understanding of this class. 

I want students in my class to walk away with a love of inquiry. I don't want them to just learn the meaning of a phrase, or how to diagram a sentence, but how to ask questions and inquire about the world around them. This week, I'll be posting my first days of school activities for my middle school students.

Here's how my syllabi turned out, I still have to work on my regular LA class, and I managed to combine my 7th grade LA1 and 2 into one syllabus for students!

7th Grade:

I found the rules for Interactive Student Notebooks online somewhere a few years ago (can't remember where, oops!), and adapted them for my classroom!

I really like my syllabus to be colorful and eye catching, like a magazine! What do you think? What does your syllabus look like?

P.S. Have you entered the giveaway yet? Make sure you do, and pass it on to your teacher friends!


  1. Love your syllabus! I've really shortened mine this year because it was just so long and so many policies to remember. This year I kept it simple and I'm hoping that it will make things a little easier :)

    Tales of Teaching in Heels

    1. I feel the same way! I would rather have a syllabus that is more like a college course, but it's just too much to fit in for a whole year. I always enjoyed seeing what was happening on a week to week basis, but that is a whole heck of a lot of planning! :)

  2. I love it! You should just go ahead and load the document up for the those of us with a little less flavor in their syllabus.

    1. Gladly! My only worry is that since I created it in Pages for Mac, it won't transfer well to word. If you want it though, I'd be happy to send it to you! :)

    2. These are amazing! I LOVE them! Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. i love it.... can you upload this?

  4. Could you send this to me? I love it!

  5. Can you send me a copy of your syllabus! I love it and it's my first time writing one. Thanks!!

  6. Can you send me a copy of your syllabus! I love it and it's my first time writing one. Thanks!!

  7. Wow! Can you please send this to me at

  8. I know you posted this a few years ago, but anyway you can send this to me @ Greatly appreciate it!

  9. Do you still have this syllabus template? If so, can you send it to Thanks


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