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Five Ways to Create an Inclusive, Loving, and Respectful Classroom Community

No matter where you live, who you are teaching, or what grade you teach, you may have observed or overheard conversations between our children related to the election and transition. If you're like me, you've probably been unsure how to address it. You may have some families who voted one way, and others who voted another. That's the way it is with elections, but alas, we all may find ourselves needing to support our kids, help them work through their fears and questions, and teach them about how our government works in order to help them understand. We need to stick to our tasks in a neutral position politically. Yet, it is important to ensure that our classrooms are for ALL students and that each grows to be the best version of themselves.

Today, I'm joining in with the Teachers Pay Teachers community to share ideas and resources that will help you and your classroom community as we come together and move forward. You will use the hashtags, #kindnessnation and #weholdthesetruths to find all of the FOREVER freebies. I have a resource I'm sharing as well as five classroom teaching ideas with a literacy twist to help you out:

Exploring the Difference between Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions

Teaching the difference between an inference and a conclusion is really tough. In this post, you'll see the difference, examples, and recommendations for teaching. Freebie included.

Do you find it difficult to explain the difference between an inference and a conclusion? If so, you are not alone. At lunch yesterday, this was a big debate among literacy specialists and instructional coaches. Are they synonyms? Is there a slight difference? Do you use inferring to draw conclusions? Today, I'm going to explore these and hopefully provide you with clarification and a next step for instruction.

Literacy Workstations at Work

Literacy workstations do not have to give the teacher a migraine. Use these tips to make them easy and purposeful.

One observation I've made recently is that not all work stations are equal. Think about these questions. Are your stations connected to your whole group and small group lessons? Are they manageable for the kids to do on their own? Are you able to adjust them with ease so that you can keep focus on small group? It is easy to put a kid on a laptop in front of a website, but is this best? With a very busy schedule and long list of to-dos, one of the biggest challenges for teachers trying to implement small group instruction and a workshop model is planning for work stations. I totally get it and see it! So, let's talk about how to take this headache and turn it into productivity!

Mentor Text Lessons to Warm Up Your Winter featuring...Finding Winnie

Curled up next to a warm fire? Or maybe you're lounging in front of a favorite movie? Well the team of literacy coaches, specialists, and ELA teachers at The Reading Crew have the perfect comfort for you as your winter breaks come to an end. Yes, we have print and go lessons ready to share and one lucky winner will get each of the books featured too. No matter what grade you teach, these lessons will help you introduce concepts such as making comparisons, visualizing, writing with better word choice, problem and solution, nonfiction text features, and more.

As you wander through the posts, be sure to jot down each blogger's mystery word. It is the verification you need for the entries in our giveaway. The words will be BLUE, so hopefully you won't miss them. 

Teaching Main Idea with Animals in Winter

Main idea is one of the toughest skills for kids to grasp, and we even begin with main idea in first grade! This post breaks it down with a gradual release using Animals in Winter. Freebies included

Main idea is one of the toughest skills for kids to grasp, and we even begin with main idea in first grade! For first graders, we will limit main idea to short sections of text. In fact, with a gradual release model, you can  even begin with photographs.


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