My name is Lauralee Moss, and I am the creator of the Language Arts Classroom, where the goal is to provide practical ELA ideas teachers can implement today. I hold a bachelor’s of science in English Education and a masters of arts in Teaching and Leadership.

Why do you blog?

I taught high school English and speech at a small high school for seven years. When my second child was born, the plan was for me to stay home a few years with my two children. One day before I resigned, I searched the web for teaching blogs. I realized that with the power of the web, I could share my experiences and help busy English teachers.

After staying home for two years, I taught at an alternative school teaching grades 6-12. After one year there, I had my third child. My husband and I decided that I would stay home with our growing family and stay connected with the education world through blogging.

My time in the online world strengthened my teaching, and I spent time in reflection if that is where I should continue my career. Ultimately, something was missing, a certain component that I needed in my life. In 2016 I went back to teaching because I simply missed the students—I craved that special connection teachers have with students.

In 2018, Callisto Media published my first book, The English Grammar Workbook for Grades 6, 7, and 8. (I wrote extensively about my experience writing a book as an English teacher.)

In the fall of 2020, I started work on my second master’s degree in English. I can’t stop writing and thinking and learning. I’m glad you stopped by my blog.

My husband and I outside our home in Illinois.

You can find additional interviews, podcasts, and articles:

Engaging Grammar Ideas: EB Academics

Southern Illinois Reading Council: Add Grammar to All Components of the ELA Classroom

Together We Can: IASLE and IATE: Using First Chapter Fridays with Secondary Students

MSELA Summit: Organization

Teaching Channel: Three Tips to Help New Teachers Collaborate with Colleagues