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Ideas to Spice Up the Season and the Classroom Routine

This post includes favorite pins for fall. Check out these ideas for spooktacular stories, savory soups, and scary animals.

Fall is the perfect time for spooktacular stories, savory soups, and scary animals like bats, bears, and spiders. These sensational seasonal topics are the focus of today's post, and I hope you find a few to add to your boards. Be sure to check out the other great pins shared in the linky over on Pawsitively Teaching or Inspired Owl's Corner to see what other bloggers have shared too.

Reading and Writing Strategies at Work: A Mentor Text Lesson for Nerdy Birdy

One of the best way to teach a skill is with quality literature and the think aloud process. For struggling readers or all readers for that matter, the think aloud process demonstrates the "look fors" for our students and scaffolds their learning. Students often "check out" as they read or focus completely on fluency, but through think aloud, we are able to show students that connecting to the text is the goal of reading.

Digging for Deeper Meaning

Do your students struggle with "stretch texts"? Need help in knowing how to scaffold the learning to avoid frustration? Check out this post to learn a few tips.

Do your students struggle with stretched texts? These are texts that are beyond your readers. Stretching them doesn't have to mean frustrating them.  With scaffolding, we can walk kids through texts that are slightly beyond them. Stretch texts are texts that are a half a year to a year above there current reading level, and for many of our struggling readers, this could simply include working with grade level texts. The key is scaffolding your instruction, but how? Today, I'd like to share with you a few ways that you can help your kids tackle texts that are beyond them without having them shut down or break down in tears.

Celebrating the Work of Kevin Henkes

Celebrate the work of Kevin Henkes by using these wonderful books as mentor texts. Kevin Henkes' wonderful characters will ignite reading in your room. Check out the details in this blog post about this each unit.

Which of Kevin Henkes' characters have you met? Lilly? Chester? Owen? or maybe it's that guy, Wendell? No matter which you met first, you are sure to agree that they make reading fun. Today, I'd like to share what I love most about Kevin Henkes books and how I've used them in my classroom for teaching specific skills.

Using Book Conversations to Motivate Independent Reading

Conversations between teachers and students are critical in motivating students, but how can we use them to motivate independent reading? Check out this post for ideas you can use in your classroom to make book conversations more meaningful.

How powerful are the conversations you have one-on-one with your students? You know the ones...in the hallway as you're waiting for your resource teacher to begin class, in the lunch line, or as you're waiting for buses to be called in the afternoon? Those moments in time are what our students remember, and they are VERY motivating.


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