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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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Use the big thinker's vocabulary. Use big, bright, cheerful words. Use words that promise victory, hope, happiness, pleasure, avoid words that create unpleasant images of failure, defeat, grief."  David. J. Schwartz   Becoming a Vocabulary Dynamo doesn't just happen overnight, does it? But if we are purposeful in our choice of words like David Schwartz, we might just make that happen. It takes lots and lots of practice and lots…

How to Use Fix-up Strategies for Phrasing to Improve Fluency

Fluency fix-up strategies can help our struggling readers, but just what strategies can we use? Today, I welcome Lauren from Teacher Mom of Three to share strategies to improve phrasing. Guest Author, Teacher Mom of Three Explains Fluency Strategies for Phrasing My career has spanned twenty-five years as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and literacy coach. I am currently taking a few years off to be a stay-at-home-mom to my three boys,…

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