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Hello! I’m Carla, and welcome to my site! My goal with this site is to share teaching tips for all areas of literacy including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing for grades K-8. I love sharing resources with teachers, and it makes me happy to help take a little off the overflowing platters of teacher duties. I hope you’ll find my site helpful and my resources worthy of using with your students.

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How to Motivate Young Readers to Keep Them Reading

Motivation is a huge contributor to student success, and it is easy to tell when students are and are not motivated.  As educators, it is important for us to find what motivates those who are not. According to the Center of Teaching at Vanderbilt University, there are two types of motivation-intrinsic and extrinsic. Those who are intrinsically motivated have passion for the topic, learning in general, or just love the…

Working with Challenging Children: Tips to Make It Easier

Are you ready to face some of the most challenging weeks of the year?  The stress of state testing and changes in our routines weakens children's ability to stay resilient and brings out negative behaviors from even the best behaved children. For children with poor self control, coping skills, and/or other behavioral difficulties, these things can lead to meltdown, especially when teachers are worn out from the pressures of testing,…

How to Teach Nonfiction Text Features with Frogs!

Do you know a kid who isn't interested in frogs? I honestly do not think I've met one, and what better way to draw a child into a tough lesson than with a book you KNOW they will love. Frogs! by National Geographic has the most amazing photos, and it's perfect for modeling nonfiction text features. In order to help students process nonfiction text, teachers can use think aloud to model how…

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