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Various books that open discussions of kindness and diversity when used in the classroom.

6 Back to School Books that Encourage Community

Building Classroom Community through Inclusion It’s back to school time! During the first few weeks, I always spent a lot of time working on building an inclusive classroom community.  Building trust among students (and myself) and creating an environment where everyone was accepted and supported was crucial to our year-long success. One of my favorite ways to begin building our community was through read-alouds and class discussions. 6 Back to

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Tips for teaching spelling cover art showing girl using phonics worksheet

How to Teach Spelling and Phonics Effectively

Teaching Spelling Effectively is All About Resources & Strategy Phonics and spelling instruction… I will honestly say teaching spelling and phonics was one of my least favorite things to do. That was because I was doing it all wrong. I knew it because it was ineffective, and I didn’t know how to teach spelling effectively. I was using the prescribed random spelling lists in my basal reader, which were completely

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Cell phone showing ClassTag parent teacher communication app on screen

6 Ways ClassTag will Make Your Life Easier

Advantages to Using ClassTag as Your Parent-Teacher Communication App My kids have been in daycare for several years now, which means I’ve used a lot of different parent-teacher communication apps. I was lucky enough to be contacted recently by a company called ClassTag who asked me to consider partnering with them. After exploring the app, I was excited to support ClassTag and their mission. This app HAS IT ALL! I

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Tips for Teaching with Lexile

Teaching with Lexile® to Create Successful Readers

Why Teaching with Lexile is Important Using Lexile measures to differentiate and scaffold instruction has a significant impact on your students’ reading. Lexile measures help teachers make informed decisions about text selection to ensure students are both engaged and challenged. Teaching with Lexile measures properly adds a powerful tool that helps students make gains, increase confidence, and meet the demands of Common Core and other state standards. It is important

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Various books that open discussions of kindness and diversity when used in the classroom.

6 Back to School Books that Encourage Community

Building Classroom Community through Inclusion It’s back to school time! During the first few weeks, I always spent a lot of time working on building an inclusive classroom community.  Building trust among students (and myself) and creating an environment where everyone was accepted and supported was crucial to our year-long success. One of my favorite ways to begin building our community was through read-alouds and class discussions. 6 Back to

read more »
Tips for teaching spelling cover art showing girl using phonics worksheet

How to Teach Spelling and Phonics Effectively

Teaching Spelling Effectively is All About Resources & Strategy Phonics and spelling instruction… I will honestly say teaching spelling and phonics was one of my least favorite things to do. That was because I was doing it all wrong. I knew it because it was ineffective, and I didn’t know how to teach spelling effectively. I was using the prescribed random spelling lists in my basal reader, which were completely

read more »
Cell phone showing ClassTag parent teacher communication app on screen

6 Ways ClassTag will Make Your Life Easier

Advantages to Using ClassTag as Your Parent-Teacher Communication App My kids have been in daycare for several years now, which means I’ve used a lot of different parent-teacher communication apps. I was lucky enough to be contacted recently by a company called ClassTag who asked me to consider partnering with them. After exploring the app, I was excited to support ClassTag and their mission. This app HAS IT ALL! I

read more »
Tips for Teaching with Lexile

Teaching with Lexile® to Create Successful Readers

Why Teaching with Lexile is Important Using Lexile measures to differentiate and scaffold instruction has a significant impact on your students’ reading. Lexile measures help teachers make informed decisions about text selection to ensure students are both engaged and challenged. Teaching with Lexile measures properly adds a powerful tool that helps students make gains, increase confidence, and meet the demands of Common Core and other state standards. It is important

read more »
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