About Me

I’m one of those people who just always knew she wanted to be a teacher. I live and work in the community in which I grew up and I really do love the rewards I get from being a teacher. And no, I don’t mean July and August…haha…

I love when a student says, “I get it!” …or “I don’t hate Math anymore.” It makes it all worthwhile.

I am a grade 7 teacher and I’ve been teaching for 5 years. I’ve taught grades 6-9 and I love the challenges that middle school offers. The students have such wonderful energy, except for Monday morning, of course! They aren’t little kids anymore, but some are still excited by stickers. They’re not young adults yet either, although they sometimes try to act like “grown-ups”. All they really want is to treated with respect, which is all any of us want.

I’m married to my high school sweetheart and we have 2 beautiful boys – it’s just me and my men! They are my life.

It is my hope, that by sharing what I find useful in my practice and my classroom, I may save you some time for your own family – and we all win!

Krystal Mills: krystallynnm@hotmail.com

If you would like to write a guest blog post for Lessons From The Middle I’d love to have you! Send me an email with your blog post idea. It should be geared toward middle school and I’d rather if you had your own teacher blog.

  1. Excellent resource for middle school teachers, especially new teachers like me. Your articles and recommendations are always on target. Thank you for saving me tons of time.

  2. Bethany Billinger

    Love your blog and tried to “grab your button” but the link isn’t working. Any help would be appreciated.

  3. HI there
    I teach year 7/8’s in New Zealand. They are 11/12 year olds so I’m just wondering what grade that would be in geared at in USA?
    Your site looks great.

    • Hi Susie, I’m in Canada and I teach grade 7 (12/13 year olds). ALL of the people who have donated for this giveaway have stores/blogs geared for the middle years – grade 4-9 or so, – so it’s a perfect fit for you!

      Good luck!

  4. I purchased the Stand, sit, save and score. I understand the rules and am looking forward to playing this with my students, however, I don’s understand where the money comes in. You say they win it, how. Do they bet, and if so when and how much.

    • Hello! Thanks so much for your purchase. The dice dollars are flexible and optional. In the instructions when I say to “ante up” that’s where the dice dollars would be used – usually just one to ante up. The idea is that the last player left standing wins the dice dollars for that round. If everyone’s out after a round (no one left standing) the $$ stays and players ante up again for the next round. You may allow students who are left standing to bet during a round (if they/you wish) other players having to pay up to stay in. I don’t want to appear to “condone gambling” and so the money was included as an option for teachers who want to use it, but it doesn’t have to be used to play. The idea was that students who win dice dollars can redeem their “cash” for class cash/points for teachers who use such systems. I hope that’s a little clearer – let me know if you need anything else!


  5. Christyn Smith-Barrett

    Great Resource! Extremely adaptable for a teacher returning from a long absence. Thank you for sharing it!!!

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