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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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Characterization is one of my favorite skills to teach. Let's face it.  In what other way can you be a teacher like Miss Nelson, live on a farm like Fern, or survive a plane crash like Brian?  It is with characters that our students are able to use their imagination and just get lost in a book. When we think of our favorite books, the characters are what come to…

How to Teach Determining Importance with The Gardener

Determining importance is a critical skill as we approach testing season, and with my classes, I try to practice this by modeling with mentor texts/think aloud and practicing with shorter articles quite a bit from February to April. I don't know about your students, but some of mine "paint the page" with their highlighters. Teaching them how to determine importance really cuts down on that. They have great difficulty determining…

Using Technology to Spark Motivation with Your Readers

Kids are all so unique. What motivates one, may or may not motivate another. Balancing the need to teach all the standards, monitor progress, match curriculum to student needs, and keep them motivated can be one big juggling act sometimes. Motivation can be one's pathway to success or major roadblock to progress depending on the student. I think the answer to motivating the masses is by using a wide range…

“The more that you READ, the more you will KNOW.
The more that you LEARN, the more places you'll GO."

~Dr. Seuss