The Power of Simple Words

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As the debate about the merits of the Common Core rages across the country, it’s apparent that educational standards and what comprises a “well-rounded education” are very much in flux. Students are learning new concepts that weren’t expected 5 years ago. Teachers must continuously update their lesson plans to add the latest mandates to their… Read more »

Keeping skills sharp through the summer months

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This special guest post from Sunshine and Lollipops who offers a few ideas on how to keep student’s skills sharp through the summer months so they are ready to learn in the fall. We all know how we wish our students would work during the summer to keep all the skills and strategies that they… Read more »

To Kill A Mockingbird materials!

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As you may have heard, famed author Harper Lee rocked the literary world when she announced yesterday the publication of a sequel to her classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. This got me thinking about my years in high school pondering this heartbreaking tale of injustice and so, like any insomniac with a love of reading,… Read more »

Help your students resolve to read more in 2015

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Creating a New Year’s resolution is a time-honored tradition. We vow to better ourselves in some fashion, be it improving our health or donating more to charity. Resolutions can be a great way to help improve students in the classroom as well. As classes return from break, now is a great time to have your… Read more »

Tech Tuesday: How I try to make keyboarding fun!

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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 »

Shared writing projects: Student-created books

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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 »

Hanukkah freebies

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Hanukkah begins on Sunday at sundown and we have plenty of Hanukkah activities and resources that you can use in the classroom. Here are a few great freebies you can download today! Hanukkah Chart Art by Common Core Corner This is a fun number recognition activity up to 200. Students use directions to color numbered… Read more »

Tech Tuesday: Free reading and writing apps for students

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Earlier this month we shared some amazing free math apps. This week Krazyaboutteaching shares some of the best free reading and writing apps out there!   There are so many great educational apps out there. Here’s my list for my favorite free reading and writing apps for iPhone and iPad. ABC 123 Reading Writing Practice… Read more »

Why should English teachers use self-assessment techniques in their classroom?

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Providing students with the tools to complete a self-assessment is really necessary in any type of classroom and/or subject! Adeleteacher provides some insight as to how self-assessment techniques have helped in her classroom and some ideas to get you started. I’ve used self-assessment techniques in my classroom over the years and here are some of… Read more »