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Teaching Theme with Each Kindness

Teaching theme with the book Each Kindness as a mentor text helps students learn life lessons as well as what themes are commonly found in literature. Freebie included.
At the start of the year, teachers typically are running on empty. Yet, everyone has to give their best first impressions, right? It's tough to juggle getting your room student ready, catching up on all you've missed over the summer, taking in the information you're learning during PD sessions, and having your first few weeks planned out for optimal effect. You want to establish routines, build a positive classroom climate, jumpstart learning enthusiasm, and form connections with all of your students. Today, I'd like to help lighten the load and share ideas for one of the best books for building community and more.

Using Digital Resources on Your One-to-One Devices

Have you just become a one-to-one school? Are you unsure how to make use of your technology options other than with websites and/or apps. Well, today, I'd like to show you how you can use Google Slides™ with your students to check understanding, in response to reading, and for group discussions even.

Taking Your Literature Circles to the Next Level

It's no secret that small group instruction is where it's at! Teachers have kids working in small groups with guided reading, guided math, writer's workshop, science labs, literacy workstations, and more. One small group option not in this list is literature circles, and although literature circles have been around a while, there are many teachers who haven't put them into practice. Today, I'd like to delve into this topic a bit more and hopefully, offer you tips that will excite both you and your students.

Back to School Made Easy

Ahhhh...the first week of school. You have your LONG list of to-dos you needed to complete during your work week, and naturally, your week is filled with trainings, faculty meetings, and learning about blood born pathogens, epi pens, and PLCs. The real work for your first week starts the weekend before the children come, and that is where we are today (except I had to lead a few of the trainings).  To help you make your weekend a bit easier, I am linking up with a few blogging friends to share Back to School tips and printables you can use the first week (and beyond). Since the focus of my blog is on literacy, I thought I'd share suggestions of great books you might grab to model the character traits and behaviors you hope to see all year long.

10 Ways to Embed Vocabulary Instruction into Every Lesson

Vocabulary knowledge is one of the key indicators to student success in school. Check out this post for 10 easy and engaging ways to embed vocabulary into all of your lessons.
If you've been in the classroom for even a year or two, you probably have seen first hand how word knowledge helps students better understand the content they've read. Without a schema for a topic, there is no place to attach new information, right? Plus, a growing vocabulary transforms kid writing into sophisticated pieces and improves speaking skills too. So how can we as teachers embed vocabulary into every single lesson? Today, I'd like to share ten suggestions to get you started.


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