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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Getting Started with Teachers Pay Teachers: A Saturday Seminar Offering

If you've wondered how to get started with Teachers Pay Teachers and you live in Virginia, you might consider this Getting Started with Teachers Pay Teachers Workshop designed to walk you through the process. Check out this post for the details.

Have you been wondering how to get started with designing curriculum and selling it through Teachers Pay Teachers but not exactly sure what's involved or the best way to do it? Julie from The Techie Teacher and I are offering a Saturday seminar this June to help you get started the right way. We will be sharing with you design tips for formatting, how to secure your files, how to create product descriptions that will highlight your hard work, social media and blogging tips, how to collaborate with other TpTers, and answer any of your questions!


Does this sound like something you would be interested in? We hope the answer is an enthusiastic, "Yes!". We are very much looking forward to collaborating with our attendees and getting everyone off to a great TPT start. If you are interested in coming, then mark your calendar for the following dates and details.


Saturday, June 18th
9:00 am-3:00 pm
Hanover, Virginia
Randolph-Macon College
$65 per person


Curious what you’ll need to bring with you to get started? Well, we do have a packing list ready to go. You will need the following:
  • a laptop with PowerPoint installed
  • (Recommended) Adobe Acrobat Pro which is used to secure your files.

and if you're a little curious how the day would look, here is a glimpse of the session breakdown. It is a draft, but this at least gives you a feel for the content we'll be discussing.

We will provide you with a link to our digital Seller's Guidebook for Creating, Securing, Promoting and Selling Teaching Curriculum. This is going to be a very interactive session using your laptop so you will learn how to create and post a product from start to finish!

Also, there will be...

Glitter Words

Here is a map of Randolph-Macon College (You can click on the corner where it says "Google Slides" and go to File>Print if you would like a print out)


If you are interested in attending, please click the link below to take you to the registration page:

Friday, May 13, 2016

Celebrating Nature with Leo Lionni

Author studies help students create memories, and Leo Lionni's books will help your students do just that as they explore nature, learn to build friendships through each book's theme, and celebrate their individual gifts. Check out this post for ideas to go with seven different titles.

As the year winds down, you may find it tough to keep things fun and fresh. Kids are tired of test prep and testing. They know the end is near, and honestly, they've got a little spring fever. (and don't we all??) When you see it's nice outside, all you want to do is get out in it. With a Leo Lionni Author Study, you have an excuse to explore, experiment, and discover why Leo Lionni's books are classics just like Frog and Toad.
As a child, Leo Lionni spent a lot of time visiting museums, and he loved art. Interestingly, he was a self taught artist. He didn't even study art in college. He studied economics, but by the early 1930s, his passion for art took over as his career. 

Shortly after he married, he and his wife relocated to the United States (1939), and his career as an artist took off. He had work showcased in various galleries in New York and Japan. Then, in 1959, his first book was published, Little Blue and Little Yellow, followed by a long list of others including Swimmy, Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, Inch by Inch, Frederick, A Color of His Own, and Fish is Fish several of which were award winners. Certainly, his illustration style is easy to identify and for students who love animals, his books are a hit.
Alexander and the Wind Up Mouse is a Leo Lionni classic. In this book, students can explore friendship themes and so much more. Check out this post for ideas to use with seven of Lionni's books.
Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse is a sweet book about friendship, so it's perfect for Valentine's Day, Back to School, or any time you want to work on peer relationships. Teachers might use this book as a mentor text for narrative writing about imaginary friends such as stuffed animals or dolls. It is also a great model for character change, narrative elements such as problem/solution, and character traits. This book is one of the four Lionni books that won the Caldecott Honor Award. To explore what's included in my unit for this book, click [HERE].
Are you looking for titles to use with an Ocean theme? Check out this post for ideas you might use with the book, Swimmy by Leo Lionni.
Another favorite of mine is Swimmy. Why do I love it? Well, it too has themes of friendship, but it also celebrates individuality and the importance of building upon your strengths. It stimulates wonderful discussion, and offers a great model for writing. Lionni won the Caldecott Honor Award for this book as well, and the illustrations are fantastic. Reading skills that work well for it include plot development, character change, author's purpose, and making comparisons across texts. If you're teaching an ocean theme, Swimmy is one you must include. To explore the unit to the right, click [HERE]
Whether you're studying animal adaptations or looking for a great book to model comparisons, Fish is Fish is a great choice for you. Check out this post for teaching ideas you might be able to use for Fish is Fish and six other Lionni titles.
While we're talking about an ocean theme, here is one more. Fish is Fish is the story of two unlikely friends, Fish and Tadpole. Like Swimmy, it has themes of uniqueness and celebrating who we are. Fish tries to think about growing wings and other adaptations to remain friends with Tadpole who is now a land animal. Reading skills you might explore include character change and development, narrative elements, comparing fish and frogs, and questioning. [THIS POST] on Scholastic offers three fun lesson ideas you might like. To check out this unit of mine, [CLICK HERE]
Let's do some measuring!  Let your kids explore nature while they work on math. Inch by Inch, a sweet book by Leo Lionni is the perfect mentor text. Check out this post for ideas you can use with Inch by Inch and six other Lionni books.
Want a great book to tie into your next measurement unit? Inch by Inch is a great choice. It too was one of Lionni's Caldecott Honor Award winners, and this is the one that will get you outside. How about measuring blades of grass, sticks, rocks, and other signs of nature? The mini unit I created to go with this book includes reading skills with beginning, middle, end, making comparisons, schema building, and vocabulary, but it also focuses on concepts with measurement too in the extension options. [CLICK HERE] to check it out.
A Color of His Own is one of Lionni's best. Celebrate the individuals in your classroom and what makes each of them special with this timeless classic. This post has teaching ideas for it and six other Lionni titles.
The next book I want to share is all about celebrating differences. A Color of His Own is such a great choice for helping kids with decision making, accepting others, and for helping kids to be comfortable in their own skin. In this book, a chameleon is the main character too, so it's fun for kids to explore an animal that may be a little new. You might pair nonfiction books or articles about chameleons to help kids compare/contrast fiction and nonfiction. Research reports might also work well. If you like project based learning, you might have your kids research animals with unique features and create a poster, brochure, or slide show sharing why this features is special and important to the animal's survival, and certainly, class books and prompt ideas are endless. To check out this unit, [CLICK HERE].

Whether it's Earth Day or any other day of the year, this book by Leo Lionni will teach your students the importance of caring for the trees. Check out this post for teaching ideas for it and six other Lionni titles.In the fall, one of my favorite Lionni books to use is A Busy Year. This one tells the story of two busy mice who care for a tree. The story shares the tree's life cycle, so if you teach life cycles in second grade, this one could be added to your text sets. This book too could be paired with nonfiction titles about trees for comparison. A project students might enjoy is researching care of trees. They might explore logging practices and create a project explaining how we might reduce the amount of logging or improve our practice. Reading skills included in this set are sequencing, making connection, visualizing, vocabulary development, and narrative elements. To explore further, [CLICK HERE]

Frederick is a Leo Lionni classic and award winner, and since it's a fable, there are lessons to learn. Check out this post for teaching ideas for it and six other titles.
The final Lionni book I wanted to share is probably the most popular. Frederick is about a young mouse that's a poet and dreamer. He spend the fall thinking and contemplating instead of gathering food. If you study fables, this is perfect for that unit. In fact, there are lessons with all of Lionni's books, so comparing/contrasting them to similar fables is a way to get your kids thinking more deeply. [HERE] is the link to the mini unit I have available. 

Whether you choose to use some or all of these wonderful works, be sure Leo Lionni is on your author study list. He left us in 1999, but his life's work will be with us for a long, long time. These timeless classics have so many important lessons for our students, and we don't want our kids to miss out.

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Author studies help students create memories, and Leo Lionni's books will help your students do just that as they explore nature, learn to build friendships through each book's theme, and celebrate their individual gifts. Check out this post for ideas to go with seven different titles.

If you're interested in the Leo Lionni bundle that includes all of these units, click the cover image below. The bundle is $15.00 for seven units or a little more than $2.00 each. You can't beat that!

Leo Lionni Author Study
Have a great end of the school year (if you're in the US) or a great weekend (if not), and until next time...happy reading!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

One Resource You Must Have: Partner Scripts

Are you in search of meaningful content that will deepen thinking skills, improve fluency, review content information (with upper elementary), improve comprehension with Close Reading strategies, and make students accountable for paired work? Well, today's post may be just what you need.

Last year, I was in search of materials that embraced the upper elementary student's need for social interaction and yet, kept the focus on comprehension, addressed their lagging skills with fluency and vocabulary and tied in content area information. I used reader's theater scripts in our guided reading block as well as tradebooks and close reading, but for the kids not working with me, I wanted something different. When I couldn't find exactly what my kids needed, I decided to make it, and so that was the birth of my "Partner Scripts".
Do you love using the Daily Five schedule? If you do, check out this post for great partner reading options that encourage fluency, deepen comprehension, and keep your kids engaged.
These scripts mesh well with the Daily Five philosophy for the Read with Partner stage which makes classroom management a nonissue.  If kids are engaged with fun, deep thinking materials, then they have no time to cause challenges, right?? I have also used them in guided reading some too. The kids are having a great time working on reading and do not notice that I am listening, so I can quickly make note of decoding issues as the kids are reading.

Do you love using the Daily Five schedule? If you do, check out this post for great partner reading options that encourage fluency, deepen comprehension, and keep your kids engaged.When I first started making the scripts, I targeted fourth and fifth grade. My goal was to provide my students with a review of science and social studies curriculum AND address my reading skills. The kids really benefited from this and enjoyed them, so I added in fictional stories and branched out to a high/low version for younger readers too.

Here is an example of a script I have created for the upper grades. I live in Virginia, and Virginia Studies is tested in fourth grade. This script is about a family road trip to visit tourism sites in the state. The mother and child have dialogue along their journey about important historic people and places. This one could lead to writing and research opportunities.

Do you love using the Daily Five schedule? If you do, check out this post for great partner reading options that encourage fluency, deepen comprehension, and keep your kids engaged.
Once the script is introduced, there are supplemental materials to go with them. I include specific tier 2 vocabulary words, question task cards for group discussion, a questions page for Close Reading where students find text evidence, and a writing option for post reading. I've found these help provide purpose for repeated reading and help the students deepen their understanding.

Do you love using the Daily Five schedule? If you do, check out this post for great partner reading options that encourage fluency, deepen comprehension, and keep your kids engaged.
In addition to the upper elementary sets, I have also created the Sam and Max series with the primary reader in mind. I tutored a little guy last summer who LOVED dogs, and that got me thinking, "Why not create a high/low set?" So often, we have a range of reading levels in our room, and in the primary grades, kids need to hear fluent reading. By using these in this way, students each get material at the level they need. With the Sam and Max series, I tried to focus on seasonal settings and events to allow them to be used throughout the year. There are two Sam and Max freebies in my store including this one which introduces the characters.

With all of the partner scripts, there are before, during, and after activities for full engagement and deep thinking. I hope you'll take a moment to download the freebie files and give them a try. Both bundles are on sale today yet in my store for a great price.
Partner Script Bundle of 13 Scripts    Partner Script for Young Readers Bundle

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Do you love using the Daily Five schedule? If you do, check out this post for great partner reading options that encourage fluency, deepen comprehension, and keep your kids engaged.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Getting Ready for Summer with Summer Reading Plans (Part 2)

Things are winding down for our school year, things get very busy. You've worked so hard to get your kids where they are, and you've bonded with each one. They are your kids, right! Before things get too hectic, one thing you and your team may be doing is making plans to help your struggling readers in particular. 

Today, I blogged over on Virginia is for Teachers for Part 2 of my Summer Plans Posts. If you'd like to catch a few more summer option, click on the post image below. 
If you're interested in joining the Summer Book Club over on Where Wild Readers Roam this summer and would like to give input on the book options, [CLICK HERE].  I will be announcing the reading plan over there around May 15th.

For part 3 of this series, you will have to visit Classroom Tested Resources, and in that post, I will be sharing summer reading book lists you can print and use for your kiddos. 

Check out this post for 5 Summer Reading Options you might try to avoid Summer Slide.
Have a great Teacher Appreciation week. I will close by sharing a special Youtube clip from Principal Gerry Brooks. I thought it was very special. Thank you for all you do!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Classroom Tips to Help YOU Avoid Student Meltdowns

Have you ever taught a child with anger management struggles? It's tough to know how to diffuse situations before problems happen, but perhaps a few of these suggestions will be options you can try without a lot of disruption to your teaching routine. These suggestions come from personal experience. Each child is different, but as with other teaching routines, having a deep toolbox of teaching options helps you find what works.
Dealing with behavioral challenges is a huge struggle for teachers, and when those challenges become major disruptions, we need lots of tools. Check out this post for ideas to help children who meltdown.
Identify the Triggers
The first step to avoiding meltdowns is knowing what triggers them. You may or may not recognize the triggers, but through processing situations with the student, you will probably learn what they are. It could be frustration with work, not getting enough sleep, feeling rushed, or embarrassment. As teachers, we need to reflect on what we do that might lead to issues too as well as how other students impact the child's mood and behavior. This process requires input from multiple parties (parents, student, teacher, and school guidance counselor). 
Factors to Consider
The next piece of information to gather is prior history. Is this a new problem or something that's been going on for a while? Behaviors that have been in place for a while will not change overnight, and prior history will also impact future plans. If there have been bad experiences prior, the parents and child may feel like it's Groundhog Day and that bad experiences are just going to keep on happening. You also need to know if the child's been in counseling, has a diagnosis, and what's worked in the past.
Developing a Behavior Plan
Once you've determined the triggers (and/or lack of them) and what's worked/not worked in the past, you're ready to map out a plan. This can be an official behavior plan or a plan that you come up with as a way to address the issues prior to making things official. After all, this is what we do for academic needs, right? Behavior issues should be viewed as equally important. We also need to view the situation without bias. The child is displaying behaviors because he/she needs help learning new ways to navigate situations.
What can the teacher do?
As you're thinking through your situation, begin by making a list of what's currently in place. Think about your classroom layout. Have you separated kids who may be triggers? Is there enough space for movement? Is the room active or controlled? Is the routine loud or quiet? Does the current classroom climate match the learning preferences of the child? 

Next, you might consider the following:
  • Add a quiet corner that includes a beanbag chair, stuffed animals, a basket of books, and headphones/cd player for music. These soothing items can quickly calm if you catch the child before they meltdown.
  • Use a visual schedule so the child knows what to expect prior to it happening. You can put this on the child's desk or post it in a prominent location.
  • Pair the child with a younger child for mentoring. If you turn the negative into a positive leadership role, it may replace the negative. For young children, the older child can encourage positive behavior.
  • Use heavy work. If you notice the child on edge, have a backpack filled with books that the child can take to the librarian. Heavy work helps the child get online so to speak. You may have to send a buddy with the child if trust is an issue or call the librarian ahead to let them know he/she is coming.
  • Give the child a fiddle stick (anything that can keep the hands busy). Sometimes, chewing on a straw or having a piece of mint gum can help too.
  • If able, do not post the child's behavior publicly. I am not a believer in clip charts (this child will always be moving their clip down, and over time, the child will see him/herself negatively and always getting in trouble). Instead, use private conversation. You may need to document, but why does that need to be shared with the rest of the class?  For the child I know, that public behavior display was a trigger for her. She was embarrassed that the rest of the class knew her private business. It did not help her to change the behavior because she wasn't choosing the behavior to begin with. (adhd was part of the issue)
  • Give the child a cuing system. You can give the child a red, yellow, and green card that the child can privately flash to the teacher to silently communicate the child's emotional state. Teachers can also do thumbs up, sideways, and down for signals and let the child shake his/her head to verify. 
  • Set up a quiet place outside of the classroom where the child can go. This is probably in the guidance counselor's office. Sometimes, the classroom environment can overwhelm the child, and they just need quiet to get back online. Planning this out ahead of time with the child, counselor, and parents can make a huge difference in instructional time lost. Suspensions are not helpful, so this alternative can provide a chance for the child to redirect before losing it.
  • Personal words of encouragement frequently. Kids with these issues struggle with self esteem, so personal words of encouragement and acknowledgement of effort are HUGE. Leaving sticky notes, postcards sent to the parent, phone calls home, and such make a big difference in motivation.
There are certainly other strategies that can be added to this list, but these are a few that helped my child. 
I've tried these ideas, now what?
Teachers don't have all the answers. We can give our best, but it may not eliminate the behaviors. We can't give up on the child though. If you aren't able to make things work, do not be afraid to say so. Your teaching team, the guidance counselor, school psychologist, and your administrator can help you begin discussions for the next step. The answer is not sending the child to another program or teacher. The answer may require us to bend a little, read a little, or go for training. The answer may require the help of the parents, resources in the community such as the FAPT team (Family Assessment and Planning Team...which may be called something different in your locality), or a referral to child study, but there is an answer out there.

Anger outbursts are bound to happen with a child in your classroom at some point. I hope these ideas provide you with a little food for thought. If not, I know there are other blog posts and articles that will. Now, go and have a restful weekend, and until next time...happy reading.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Getting Ready with Summer Reading Plans: A Five Post Series

Picture it...ocean waves splashing, the warm sun shining on your face, the sound of seagulls chirping, and the squeals of delight from young children playing. Ah yes. Summer time is in the sights, and you may even find yourself quietly visualizing this scene as you actively monitor for state testing. No, the year isn't over yet, but this is the perfect time for me to set the stage for something exciting I have in mind to support you and your students. It came to me as I was walking my dog today, and so, before the thought escapes, I want to roll the plan out to you. 

Need summer reading ideas for your child/student? Check out this post about a Cyber Book Club hosted by Comprehension Connection.

How do you help your students avoid summer slide?
We know Summer Slide happens and for me, it is really troubling. I've been teaching 25 years and throughout my career, I've watched as our children in poverty lose the most. We think and think and think some more about ways we can support these kids. We work all year on building fluency and stamina, deep thinking and written language, but it's two steps forward and one step back problem we face. I know we all hope each year will be different, and perhaps some of these ideas will help you and your students.  

Over the next few weeks, I am going to do a five part series across four different blogs. I plan to lay out Summer Reading plan ideas with a different focus on each of the collaborative blogs I'm contributing to, and I will end the series with a culminating post back here on Comprehension Connection. 

Readers Need Plans
Now is the time to lay the groundwork. You have about a month to plant your seeds, water, and fertilize them, so gardeners, let's do it! Step one is to get your kids making reading plans. They MUST have a long book list, goals to accomplish, and a way to track their progress. You could put the traditional contract together and even have them keep a reading journal that include book summaries, but I propose one of two things (if your students will have access to the internet), and here they are.
  1. Set up a Class Blog on Blogger for a place where your students can interact with you through the summer. 
  2. Share this link with your students so they can participate in one HUGE cyber bookclub using Where Wild Readers Roam as the platform. By May 15th, I will post the details for the kids, parents, and teachers that might be interested in following and/or participating in it.
Summer Book Club
How many of you are part of a book club?  How many of you actually read the book?? Okay...I know the answer to that, and with this project, I hope we actually get the kids reading. I think the key is choosing the right books, and this is where your help is needed. I have a long list of book choices in my head, but we couldn't possibly do them all.

Book clubs could work really well with younger children (primary grades) if a parent were meeting with them face to face and doing group discussion. Little people don't have the tech skills to navigate and respond appropriately (in most cases), so my target audience for this idea is fourth and fifth grades, and since we want both boys and girls to join in, the book choices need to appeal to most children. I know many of our readers will be either above or below grade level, but for this project, I'll target grade level text. If you do not think grade level texts would work for your kids, then you may wish to go with option number one and get a class blog going.

If you'd be so kind, I would love help in selecting the books for this project. Throughout the week, I'll post discussion questions, project ideas, and writing prompts to guide the kids in their reading. As I develop the plan more completely, I'll try to figure out a way for participants to share photos of their work, etc. They will have the option to comment and share to their parent's comfort level, but commenting will not be required for participation. 
Which titles would you choose?  
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We have worked so hard this year, and who wants their students to forget everything they learned? Keeping kids reading during the summer is one way to prevent Summer Slide, and I hope this idea supports you and your kids. We want Wild Readers, and I look forward to making use of an otherwise dead blog for a great purpose! Let's keep them reading!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Making the Most of your Blog Post Images

They say, "Pictures are Worth a Thousand Words", and with blog posts, that is so true. Today, I'd like to share a little information on how to make the most of your blog post images. When you are just starting as a blogger, it is a little scary trying to figure out lingo and how to use the different features of blogger. I've been blogging for a few years now, and I am constantly learning about new things. Recently, with the help of fellow bloggers, I learned a few important tips related to images, and since it was all via Facebook, I thought I'd write up a tutorial post to demonstrate for others.

Let me begin by saying I am NOT an image expert by any means. There are much more experienced bloggers out in Cyberland, but I really like paying it forward. So...here we go...
Just getting started with blogging? Need help with how to insert images and use them to bring traffic to your blog?  Check out this tutorial for blogging tips.
Making it Pinworthy
I use a combination of Powerpoint and Picmonkey to enhance my images. With Powerpoint, you have two options. You can use the design tab and make your photo the "background" if your slide size is a similar shape to your photo, or you can insert the photo as an overlay and just layer text boxes over the top. With the image above, I made the photo my background, but I had to format the background offset so the image wasn't distorted. Once you're happy with your slide, you "save as" a jpeg or png file and upload it into your post. Many beginners insert their photos "centered". Do not feel nervous about moving them to the right or left of text. All you do is click and drag it where you want. If Blogger doesn't cooperate, then you can always delete and retry with your cursor in a different location. You can also resize them. I use a variety of sizes and have actually gotten brave enough to resize photos to a custom size in the html side of blogger, but I don't recommend that unless you're familiar with html. 

I mentioned Picmonkey earlier. Sometimes, I use Picmonkey to edit a photo, to create custom sized graphics, or for the collage option. You can easily add frames, edit the photo, add overlays such as ribbons, labels, or partially transparent shapes. Picmonkey also allows you to use your own fonts with their program, and I love that I can grab the resize buttons of text boxes and stretch the text to the exact spacing I want. For details on how to use Picmonkey's features, check out this video (and search for others on Youtube). Picmonkey is such a great FREE site, but if you see "royal" features you like, I personally feel it's worth the $4.99 a month price.

Image Editing Features in Blogger
Once you've prepared your image, the important work begins. Remember, your images are pinned, so think from the pinner's point of view. A year from now, what will the pinner need to know?  They will need to know where the photo came from, so be sure to watermark EVERY image in your post. If you went to my archive, you'd see that watermarks are missing on photos I used. Guess what I'm working on this summer??  Do what I say...not what I did!!  Before you put that photo into your post, make sure you have done this step.

After you insert the image, you will need to take care of a few more steps. So that I don't forget, I always take care of labels and my search description first. You see these post settings on the right side of blogger. If Search Description is missing, you need to check your blogger settings (Search Preferences) and turn on the Meta Tag.


Next, work on the settings for your image. Set the image size (Large or XL for images that you really want to feature or Small/Medium for products or less important images). Then, you will click on the properties tab. This step is very important. Once you click that, you will see two lines, title text and alt text. Put what you'd want pinned in the alt text line as well as the title text line. Now, this works IF you use the Pinterest pin it button. If you have a cute pin it button installed, what will show up with the pin is the blog post title only.

How to install the BEST Pin It button for your blogger blog | Chalk & Apples
[THIS POST] on CHALK AND APPLES will walk you through how to fix the pin it button on your blog. Again, remember the goal is to make your content work for the reader, and the description helps those who pin from your blog as well as pinners who happen to see the pin on Pinterest later.

When you add your description to the alt text, try to be consistent with using the same phrases in your title, search description, and alt text. When pinners search by topic, these phrases will help your pin show up in the search results. Notice in the image to the right. I wanted National Poem in Your Pocket Day to be in my alt text, search description, and title since that's likely a search phrase.

Image Size for Social Media
Sharing your post to social media is the final (and probably the most important) step, but there are important considerations for this too. [THIS POST] includes all of the dimensions you need to know for social media. I recommend you create a file in Powerpoint with the slide dimensions preset for each social media site you plan to use. Of course, Instagram is easy. Any square image will do. You'd likely want to share to Facebook too, so make sure you have a landscape image (or create one) that you will use there. It does not have to be part of your blog post. For this post, I made this image for Facebook, but again, I don't always include that image in my post, but rather just get the post URL, write up a post description, and insert the image I've made.
Just getting started with blogging? Need help with how to insert images and use them to bring traffic to your blog?  Check out this tutorial for blogging tips.
My final tip for beginners is to use what's available on Youtube to help you. I am a visual learner, and if I am ever unsure how to do something with technology, I search Youtube first. There are so many great tutorials out there that you can almost always find what you need by Googling or Youtube. As you begin your blogging adventure, remember it's a journey. You won't know it all with the first post and you learn best by just digging in and trying. Blogging, for personal or professional goals, is a great way to share information. For teachers, it provides us with a great way to reflect on our practice. No matter your reason for blogging, I hope you find it a great experience.

Have a great weekend!

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