How teachers can reduce the risk of COVID-19 in the classroom

How to Reduce COVID-19 Risk in the Classroom

As federal, state, and local governments around the country grapple with balancing the risks associated with COVID-19 and the start of the 2020-2021 school year, one thing remains clear. Classroom learning, no matter how it is implemented, will pose an increased infection risk to teachers, students, and their immediate families. In this post, I’m sharing a few ideas and resources that teachers can use to help alleviate the risks.

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How to Prevent the Summer Slide

How Teachers & Parents Can Help Students Avoid the Summer Slide Every teacher knows about the dreaded summer slide. Your students worked hard and made gains all year, but when they return to school in the Fall, it seems as though they have forgotten everything they learned. The fact of the matter is, according to NWEA’s research, students in third through eighth-grade loose between twenty to fifty percent of math

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How to Teach Children through Cooking

How Cooking Can Help Children Learn As teachers, students, parents, and administrators across the globe adjust to distance learning, little tweaks and moderations are being made with hopes of making this time easier for everyone. One thing that seems more common as we continue on our distancing journey is something along the lines of “Wellness Wednesday” or CHILL Day (Catch up, Help around the house, Inhale and exhale, Learn something

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How to Teach Characters in Literature Effectively

Teaching about Characters in Literature I LOVE teaching about characters in literature. There are so many excellent mentor texts that help students learn about character traits and character change. Teaching about characters is also a great opportunity to incorporate diverse characters and character education. Here are some tips and strategies for how to teach characters in literature skills effectively. My Favorite Characters in Literature Mentor Texts Here are my favorite

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How to Teach Context Clues Effectively

Teaching Context Clues Context clues is one of those skills that it seems like students can never get enough practice with. The skill is vital to overall reading comprehension, so it makes sense to revisit it multiple times. I taught and retaught context clues over-and-over throughout the year. Here are some strategies that can help your students succeed with this important skill and help boost their overall reading comprehension. Introducing

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Embrace Black History Month in the Classroom

Why Should I Embrace Black History Month in My Classroom? Incorporating Black History Month into the classroom can be a controversial topic. Some teachers believe that a specific focus on a minority culture is unnecessary because diversity should be incorporated throughout the year. Others, whether intentionally or unintentionally, choose to avoid incorporating diversity altogether. In this post, I talk about my own journey to understanding the importance of incorporating Black

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How to Use Task Cards Effectively in the Classroom

Why are Task Cards so Awesome? Task cards are a great tool to use for skill review. If you’re not using them, you should be! They are super simple to prep, and once you have them ready to go, you can revisit and reuse them over and over, year over year! Here are some ideas for how to use them in your classroom. *This post contains affiliate links. As an

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Teaching Ideas for Topic, Main Idea, and Details

Teaching Topic, Main Idea, and Details Main idea skills are crucial for strong reading comprehension. Many students struggle with these skills, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Here are some of the most effective strategies that I used to help my students understand these important skills. Follow along to learn how to make teaching topic, main idea, and details less of a struggle. Scope of Main Idea Skills

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How to Meet Rigorous Expectations with Scaffolding

You CAN Meet Rigorous Expectations with These Strategies I love to hear lots of positive feedback about my resources, but I also like to hear the occasional critique. One of the most frequent challenges I hear is about meeting rigor. Although my passage-based resources are professionally Lexile® leveled, some teachers comment that they are too hard for a particular group of students. These teachers say something like, “these passages are

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