Writing

Classroom Management, Classroom Organization, Intervention, Phonics, Reading, Writing

The Secret to Engaging Word Work & Writing Centers on the Cheap

Centers that are engaging for your students and cheap and easy for you? What if I told you that you also don’t have to change them all year and you can still differentiate at the same time? No,this isn’t the beginning of a really terrible joke, it was the reality in my classroom! And I’m excited to share my easy,…

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Writing

Is Writing Frustrating Your Students? Get it WRITE

Writing instruction in lower elementary can be a frustrating experience for teachers and students. Students need to learn how to express themselves using written language, but sometimes that task can seem overwhelming. Today, I’m going to share how you can take the guesswork out of writing instruction in your Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade classroom. Learn how to streamline your…

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Classroom Management, Writing

Does Left Handed Mean Left Out? 5 Ways to Support Students

Although only about 10% of the world’s population is left handed, you’re bound to end up with lefties in your class. If you’re a right handed teacher, like 90% of the world’s population, this might not be a topic that’s ever even occurred to you as something to be aware of in your classroom. As a lefty myself, I feel…

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Intervention, Writing

Why My Writers were Struggling & What I did About It

I will never forget the Aha moment when I realized WHY writing was so hard for my students. It was my second year of teaching, mid-writing lesson, mid way through our year in first grade. I had modeled, read great mentor texts, modeled, modeled, and modeled some more, and it JUST didn’t seem to be helping the majority of my…

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