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  • Scaffolding: Why kids need it!

    Reading helps increase knowledge and vocabulary! Dr. Suess said, “the more you read, the more you know you will know”. Scaffolding goes hand in hand with reading.

  • Breaking Down the Standards

    Gone are the days that teachers decided what to teach in their classrooms. Now, we are left with the “How?”  Generally, your state provides your standards which are a list of items that must be taught for a particular year. Some states may provide timelines as well as resources. We all have now been introduced to a little thing referred to as “Common Core.”  As a first year teacher, it...

  • Building Bridges: Making Initial Contact with Students' Families

    Now that the school year is in full swing, educators must find a way to connect with the families or support systems of the children they serve. Establishing early contact with families promotes a healthy school-community partnership and demonstrates that you are not only concerned with the child’s success this school year, but also value their insight into how to best support their le...

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  • Formative Assessments:  Why do we do it?

    By definition, a formative assessment can be formal or informal but are used as a tool to change teaching and learning for your students throughout a unit.  Basically, it gives you “snapshot” of your students' newly acquired information.

  • Groupings

    A buzzword in the education community is flexible grouping. Flexible grouping is using student grouping to maximize instruction. Those groupings can be utilized in many different ways. Groupings can also extend to include partners. If you are just starting out exploring groupings or it takes you a little longer to get going, I suggest focusing on five types of groupings: Emergin...

  • Fluency Boot Camp, Week Three: PUNCTUATION

    The key is to get students to understand that punctuation is for the reader, not the writer. Not to mention, when students begin to focus on punctuation, the reader employs a rhythmic tonal quality that is not monotonous, but captures the patterns of the language, according to Fountas and Pinnell.

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  • The Importance of Progress Monitoring

    Progress monitoring is an integral part of the classroom. It allows you to assess a student's individual academic ability and provides a starting point for future instruction. There are many portions to progress monitoring. Your school may complete the minimum or complete a full-battery of assessments. Progress monitoring usually encompasses the following portions (explained in a simpli...

  • Fluency Boot Camp, Week Two: PHRASING

    There are many dimensions of reading fluency, in week one of Fluency Boot Camp we discussed PACE, which is the speed at which a child reads. The goal being to read at a just right pace, not too fast and not too slow.

  • Is Blogging in Your Technology Toolkit?

    Helping students find and use information is vital for their future success in the workplace. By providing various learning opportunities that use technology, you will see an increase in their reading, writing, and problem solving skills. This post will focus on how blogging can benefit you as well as your students.

  • Technology and Literacy go Hand in Hand

    The best way to become a better reader is by reading. This statement is true, but how do you get your reluctant readers to read? These are my go-to tips for students who need help finding the right book.

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