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Rigor in the Classroom – 7 Strategies for Success

“Why did the chicken cross the road?” That’s one of the first jokes children learn; and I love seeing the twinkle in a child’s eye as they tell it for the first time. And it’s not just the chicken joke; there are a thousand other knock-knock jokes based on the premise that some questions have …

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Creating Classroom Rules & Procedures: Who’s in Charge Here?

Have you ever thought about the one thing veteran educators and first year teachers have in common with Pre-K students and doctoral candidates? I’ll save you the suspense and just cut to the chase: They’re all humans. Yep! Newsflash: WE are all humans. And as a human condition, each of us wants to do what …

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Informational Text Reading Strategies

As teachers in the primary grades, we love fairy tales and funny stories: mostly because the kiddos in our classrooms love reading them! Although those fictional favorites have an important place and are fantastic vehicles for teaching children to read, our kiddos also need to encounter informational non-fiction texts. Let’s take a look at how we …

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Teaching Emergent Readers in Guided Reading

Emergent readers — ya gotta love ’em, and ya gotta teach ’em to read! It’s more than just a job–it’s our privilege to open the door of literacy. We get to be the ones to introduce these kiddos to the joys of reading! So let’s take a quick look at how to effectively scaffold & …

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Literacy Centers – Easy Tips for Success

Literacy Centers – ABCs & 123s for Active Learners & Busy Bees… Literacy centers are a vital part of the success of my Guided Reading program. While I’m teaching students in a Guided Reading group, the other kiddos in the class are actively involved in learning! Want some tips on how to effectively use literacy …

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Guided Reading Questions to Prompt Discussion

When you’re guiding a discussion during Guided Reading small group, do you ever have that feeling like you’re stuck in a hospital elevator that’s stopping on every floor? It’s quiet (except for that cheesy elevator music), and all eyes are focused straight ahead on those shiny metal doors. Meaningful conversations and deep discussions are rare …

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Independent Reading - 3 Tips for Success

Independent Reading – 3 Tips for Success

Independent reading–is it an effective use of classroom time? The goal of Guided Reading is to help students learn to read independently and fluently. The skills and strategies we teach during whole class lessons and small group instruction are put into practice during independent reading. For this reason I’m a firm believer in allowing young …

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Types of Assessments

Types of Assessment: An Overview

Hi teacher peeps! Let’s talk about the various types of assessment that are available for you to use in the classroom. Fascinating subject, don’t you think? What? You don’t find the topic fascinating?? That’s ok, my teacher friend–neither do I, most of the time. I know that few of us in the teaching profession chose …

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Classroom Transition Strategies for Guided Reading

Hey teacher peeps! Time to address the elephant in the room of Guided Reading–or more appropriately, the ants. Do your whole class to small group transition times resemble the process of kicking an ant hill and watching them scatter? Do you secretly wish you could just leave students where they are and not “disturb the …

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How to Use Engagement Strategies to Promote Learning in the Classroom

Student engagement: it’s a high and lofty goal for every teacher. And it’s essential for meaningful learning and progress. As teachers we can’t force it or manufacture student engagement; but we can incorporate some effective and fun engagement strategies in the classroom to keep our students connected, excited and involved in meaningful learning. What Does Student Engagement Look Like? What …

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