What are cognates?

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Vocabulary/vocabulario, animal/animal, actor/actor, color/color are just a few of the thousand of English and Spanish cognates. Cognates are an important part of learning English. Cognates are words in two languages that have the same or similar meaning, spelling, and pronunciation. Spanish and English cognates include: doctor/doctor, family/familia, construction, constuccion, and electricity/electricidad. Some languages like Spanish… Read more »

Rewarding in the classroom – should we be concerned?

Posted under 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, Bulletin Board, Centers, Classroom, Kindergarten, Parents, Pre-K.

This post from Catia Dias opens the dialogue about management strategies regarding the use of rewards (food or tangible goodies) in the classroom. “Learning should be a reward in itself!” This is the philosophy my husband and I use to raise our children. We firmly believe that rewarding children for every single thing they do… Read more »

Help students become confident answering multiple choice questions

Posted under 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, Bulletin Board, Homeschool, Kindergarten, Pre-K.

Building simple routines that help kids learn to answer multiple choice questions into the routine early in the year makes preparing for assessments later in the year so much easier! More information about this concept from Common Core Connection. Many of us need to help our kids become confident with the format of multiple choice… Read more »

Tech Tuesday: How I try to make keyboarding fun!

Posted under 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, Bulletin Board, Bulletin Board: Featured Posts, Centers, Language, Writing.

Keyboarding is an important skill but one the students tend to resist. After a little experimenting, Mrs. Mc’s Shop found an answer that worked! Generally, teaching in the computer lab is a pretty good position. The students are motivated and eager to see the lesson planned for them. Learning to create a PowerPoint presentation, designing… Read more »

Out of the regular routine

Posted under 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Bulletin Board, Math.

 Today we share an idea from SisterBBB for a way to keep students engaged throughout the year! Every 1-2 weeks change the regular procedures to integrate at least one topic into your subject. Of course, Reading and Writing are the two primary subjects, which are required in every class. But it is possible to put… Read more »

Critical thinking and the future job market

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Today we have a post from Instrucology Learning Center about how students need to learn critical thinking skills to be employable in the future job market. Because our employment title will change as quickly as day into night, our students need to learn how to think. And, to think critically. As educators, we must model… Read more »

Shared writing projects: Student-created books

Posted under 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, Art, Bulletin Board, Kindergarten, Pre-K, Reading, Science, Writing.

Student-created books are great because they provide reading practice, can include science content, help students learn to write reports, and provide a valuable home/school connection. Here’s an idea from TeacherTam to start implementing student-created books in your classroom. Through the years, I have found that student-created books are quite the hit! We have made books… Read more »