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How to Utilize Guided Reading in Upper Elementary

Most primary teachers know and utilize guided reading in their classrooms on a regular basis; however, in my experience, upper elementary teachers didn’t always see the value or find the time to implement this important practice into their own routines. Who can blame them? With standardized testing and demands from administration, it is hard to weed through the requirements to determine how to best use your time and resources to

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How To Get The Most out of Teaching Guided Reading

Teaching Guided Reading Guided reading: You either love it and teach it with fidelity, or you find it a waste of time. No matter what you think of it, the reality is guided reading time is incredibly valuable, and you should protect this chunk of time each day. Here are a few strategies that will help you get the most out of your guided reading instruction. What is Guided Reading

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Tips for Teaching Writing Workshop

You either love teaching writing or hate teaching writing. I know in my beginning years of teaching, I despised teaching writing. It was probably because I wasn’t confident about my writing skills. I was never actually taught how to write. We were expected to just write! Teachers would say, “write a story” or “write a report.” Sometimes we would have to practice responding to a prompt to practice before standardized

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The Best Mentor Text Books for Teaching Writing & Writer’s Workshop

Here is a list of my favorite books to use as mentor texts for teaching writing and writer’s workshop. I selected these texts based on my own experiences teaching writing in the classroom and to intentionally incorporate diversity. NOTE: The links below are Amazon affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Narrative Mentor Texts to Spark Ideas My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco Topic

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Tips for Teaching Writing Workshop

You either love teaching writing or hate teaching writing. I know in my beginning years of teaching, I despised teaching writing. It was probably because I wasn’t confident about my writing skills. I was never actually taught how to write. We were expected to just write! Teachers would say, “write a story” or “write a report.” Sometimes we would have to practice responding to a prompt to practice before standardized

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Mentor Texts for Writing blog cover showing girl reading a book

The Best Mentor Text Books for Teaching Writing & Writer’s Workshop

Here is a list of my favorite books to use as mentor texts for teaching writing and writer’s workshop. I selected these texts based on my own experiences teaching writing in the classroom and to intentionally incorporate diversity. NOTE: The links below are Amazon affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Narrative Mentor Texts to Spark Ideas My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco Topic

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How to Use Virtual Field Trips in Your Classroom

My virtual field trips have quickly become one of my most popular resources. It is no wonder teachers and students want fun and safe ways to learn virtually. Now you can take your students to Disney, see how chocolate is made, or even visit Mexico City for Day of the Dead. Using these resources in your classroom is a perfect way to engage students and have some fun. Here are

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8 Distance Learning Brain Breaks To Make Your Students Better

Everybody needs a break from time to time. And that includes your students. Here are some easy ideas for brain breaks that work for classroom and distance learning. What are Brain Breaks? Break breaks are short mental breaks that help students stay focused. Typically, brain breaks help students move or engage in discussions to help them re-energize and refocus. Why are Brain Breaks Important? Research shows that regular breaks throughout

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How to Assess Students while Distance Learning

One of the big questions I heard from teachers last spring when COVID initially impacted schools was “How am I going to grade my students?” Many teachers were worried that “if students aren’t held accountable for their work, will they be motivated to complete it?” With many schools doing distance learning or a combination of classroom and distance learning, and with the ongoing uncertainty of what this school year may

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How to Use Boom Cards in Google Classroom

With distance learning becoming the new normal for many teachers and students, Boom Cards have emerged as an easy and effective way to engage students, practice skills, and collect data on student progress. Let’s take a minute to look at how to integrate Boom Cards with Google Classroom. It’s much easier than many of you think!

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