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  • Problems No More: 6 Strategies to Help Decode Math Word Problems

    If I'm really honest, I'll admit one of the most challenging things I've done while teaching elementary math is getting children to conquer the often-dreaded word problem.  I'll also admit that it's one of my favorite because I love the joy of seeing the lightbulbs go off in a child's mind.  May the advice below help you become better at demystifying math word problems for your student...

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  • Literature Circles from A to Z: Clickable, Printable Resources!

    This month is reading month, and I've been writing about literature circles: the problems, the tiny tweaks that make a big difference, and ways to increase engagement. This week I'm hand-delivering the freshest, most useful and printable links on the subject. Thankfully, the research is clear and the resources are plentiful. Here we go! The best resources on literature circles from A t...

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  • Celebrate End of Year Testing

    Did you read that right?  Celebrate? Yes, this is a two part series on getting ready for end of year testing. Last week, we focused on preparation and tips. This week we will focus on some of my favorite after testing activities.

Big Universe Learning

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  • Full STEAM Ahead: Six Tips In Planning Effective Lessons

    When you look at this picture, what do you see?  This is what STEAM learning means to me, an engaged, problem-solving, and independent learner who explores concepts through planning, creating, testing, observing, and analyzing (among other things).  With some string, straws, balloons, and paper, you can create endless challenges that are fun AND align to the standards for your district...

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  • Test-Taking Strategies

    It is getting to be that time of year, again! Nope, not Christmas! Not summer, either! Wait a minute...I just realized that I could not say it is almost testing time because the reality is that we are testing the majority of the time in one form or another. Testing has become a staple of our education system. The information we can learn from testing can be invaluable. If your students...

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  • Building Bridges: The Power of Personal Narratives

    This is the last of three articles about building bridges between the school and home/community.  Read the first two posts here and here. The previous two articles discussed how to build external bridges with families, community leaders, and organizations. Now I'm going to talk about one of the most important "bridges" educators can build, and that's with students.  One way to do that...

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  • 5 Common Problems in Literature Circles and How to Fix them

    Literature Circles have proven themselves to be effective ways to help students of all ages engage and learn more deeply through reading. Since students are setting their own pace, holding each other accountable, and often exercising choice over which books to read and jobs to do, they are also growing as independent learners.

Big Universe Learning

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  • Gearing up for Testing

    This is a two part series on getting ready for end of year testing. Today we will focus on preparation and tips, next week will we focus on some of my favorite after testing activities. When you think of year end testing, it seems too far away to think about.  However, the testing window will be opening soon. Just this week, our district assessment team announced our testing dates.  A...

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  • STEM: Engineer Girl!

    The image above is not an accurate depiction of women in the sciences. When the statistics are examined and looking around the world of science and technology it becomes clear very quickly that there really aren't a lot of women working as professionals in these fields. In her February 23, 2015 post, "Teaching Science for All: Helping Women Fulfill their Potential", on the Stanford U...

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  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

    Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is the latest instructional method for classroom management. PBIS is designed to support students in achieving social, emotional, and academic success. It was developed from the idea of behavior analysis and has roots in educational law since the 1997 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Big Universe Learning

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  • Four Fantastic Ways to Make St. Patrick's Day Memorable in Your Classroom

    One of my favorite school memories was as a young child in preschool.  My speech therapist, Mrs. Patrick (no pun intended), and her assistant, Mrs. Taylor, started the week by getting us to help bake shamrock sugar cookies.  From start to finish, we measured the ingredients, rolled the dough, cut the cookies out and put them onto the baking sheet, and watched the cookies bake in the ov...

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  • What This Teacher did to Enliven Literature Circles Will Blow You Away!

    Ok, so the activity in this article won’t blow you away. But it is a great way to liven up your literature circles during Reading Month!

  • Yummy Ideas: National Nutrition Month

    In schools around the country, they are kicking off Nutrition Month. During this month, teachers can focus on various ideas associated with nutrition. This is a great time to learn about the benefits of breakfast and find available resources to help teach integrated units! 

  • National Proofreading Day

    National Proofreading Day is March 8, 2017. The purpose of the day is to promote mistake-free writing. If you are anything like me, you may be familiar with several editing marks and you would definitely love to be able to use them on social media posts! The reality is that we (the public) do judge individuals based upon their writing skills. Maybe we shouldn’t grammar-shame, but every...

  • Phenomenal Women Writers: Commemorating Women's History Month

    Did you know that women writers have a significant impact in shaping American history? From Phillis Wheatley's writings about the Revolutionary War to Harriet Beecher Stowe's abolitionist novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, women writers penned many important works that impacted society at large, with many continuing to do so in this present day. For this women's history month, we at Big Universe...

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  • 5 Tiny Tweaks to Improve your Literature Circles

    Happy Read Across America Day! Today, many are reading as part of the annual Read Across America. This day celebrates and encourages reading. One way to keep students motivated and excited about reading throughout the year is a through the use of Book Clubs or Literature Circles.This is the first of a four-part series on literature circles for the month of March.

  • National Grammar Day Ideas

    National Grammar Day is a great way to get students excited about writing! Students often spend much of their time texting that they often forget the importance of apostrophes, punctuation, and the art of writing. Today we will discuss contractions, punctuation, and online writing tools.

  • Read Across America

    Read Across America was established in 1997 by the National Education Association. It has been recognized since 1998 on every March 2. This also happens to be Dr.Seuss’s birthday. The goal of Read Across America was to encourage literacy. The ability to read is an important skill that each student needs to be able to do. Read Across America was designed to bring awareness to literacy s...

  • ESSA Updates

    It has been a year since the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, ESSA, replaced No Child Left Behind, NCLB, as the nation’s new K-12 federal law. States are working to implement their plans so that classroom teachers will be prepared for the changes that will become effective in the 2017-2018 academic school year. In a letter to all state schools, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy ...

  • Building Bridges: Partnering with Families to Support Reading at Home

    This is the second of three articles about building bridges between the school and home/community.  Read the first post here. In my early years working in an urban school district, I had caregivers come to me all the time asking for ways to help their kids at home after school.  These parents had varied education backgrounds, and I had to get really creative so I could meet the needs ...

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  • The Flier that Changed the World- Teaching Jo Ann Robinson in Black History Month

    This is part three of a series on lesser-known heroines of the Civil Rights Era for Black History Month.

  • The Flipped Classroom: Benefits Students with Special Needs

    How does Flipped Learning benefit students with special needs? In 2009, Cole and Kritzer wrote an article in Rural Special Education Quarterly, 28 (4), 36-40, titled Strategies for success: Teaching an online course explains that the reason the flipped model is considered a strength amongst educators is that it allows for a more efficient use of class time. “. . . In the flipped classr...

  • High Museum of Art - Curriculum Connection

    Students who have never been to an art museum may require some background knowledge about fine art and antiquities. Engage students by first assigning Art Museum, found in the Big Universe online library collection, this way students will begin to formulate some idea and begin to ask questions about art, such as: Who are the artists? What part of the world does the artists’ work come f...

  • Building Bridges: Making Guest Readers Work In Your Classroom

    This is the first in a 3-part series about ways to strengthen communication between school and home/community.  If you don't do so already, incorporate one or more of the strategies shared during the series and reply with the results below. Looking for ways to get your students parents and caregivers involved in the learning process?  One way I've found very engaging is having parent ...

Big Universe Learning

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  • Teaching as Resistance: The Septima Clark Story

    “If only I could catch some of her spirit.”

  • Fact vs Fiction: A President's Day Lesson

    With increased access to information, students need to understand how to select appropriate resources. President’s Day is a great a time to teach about research and the selection process. I teach my students this simple acronym RADCAB!  This helps them to remember criteria for finding information.

  • National Student Volunteer Day

    National Student Volunteer Day is normally recognized in the United Kingdom. This year, it will be honored on February 20. I think it would be something easily adapted for use in the United States. I feel that volunteer work definitely leaves a mark on your heart. I can remember the first time I worked as a volunteer. That experience definitely changed my worldview. My mother had alway...

  • Teaching Students with SEBD

    As any teacher is aware, there are many tiers of student groups in education. In most schools, students are separated by grade levels. In classrooms, they may be grouped by academic ability. In many special education classrooms, they are categorized by need. Special education teachers are familiar with the spectrum of needs for their students. One particular category is students with s...

  • Freedom Writing: Students Expressing Ideas About Current or Controversial Events

    How can we support kids as they process their feelings about current or recent events happening in our world? Today's students had a front-row seat to school shootings, terrorism events, political conflict, and drug-related deaths for example within recent years, and they might have feelings of confusion, fear, or frustration. Educators have to navigate discussing these conversations a...

  • "Hope is a Song in a Weary Heart"- A 3-Part Series on Lesser-Known Heroines for Black History Month

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rosa Parks Harriet Tubman Pauli Murray Your students probably recognize the first three names of incredible and resilient leaders from previous studies of Black History Month, but do they recognize the fourth name?

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  • Intro to Big Universe for Emerald Middle

    Big Universe empowers teachers and engages students in grades K-8 leveraging technology to improve literacy and performance in all subject areas. We do this by providing a powerful but easy-to-use literacy platform that includes a large library of e-books, student publishing and teacher management tools. Big Universe is the only balanced literacy solution that supports standards and assessments, e...

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  • Safer Internet Day

    How many individuals do you know that do not utilize the Internet in any form or fashion? I would say that you would be hard-pressed to name even one. The Internet has taken over our society. Although it has its pros, there are also cons. We’ve seen an increase in cyberbullying as well as the broadcast of material previously thought to be private. How do we prepare our students to util...

  • Black History Month - Civil Rights

    Was John F. Kennedy a civil rights hero, or was it Lyndon Johnson? One of the most important things to communicate to students about the Civil Rights Act is why it was needed. Legislation focusing not only on public acts of discrimination, but also on private prejudice. The comprehensive civil rights bill won the endorsement of House and Senate Republican leaders, but it was not passed...

  • Writing a Legacy: Celebrating Black History Month

    How does a culture survive through the ages?  The written word's impact on politics, faith, education, science, history, and more certainly demonstrates why it's a critical component to sustaining any culture.  Black American poets, playrights, authors, composers, and philosophers contributed many works throughout American history, so we at Big Universe want to recognize some of those ...

  • STEM Integration- Celebrate National Inventor's Day

    Today we will be discussing STEM and the process of implementing it into your teaching. Many schools are using STEM to enrich their students. STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This is not a program that is implemented in schools, but a philosophy based on problem-solving. By doing STEM activities, you are promoting problem-solving skills. These compone...

Big Universe Learning

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  • 28 Ways to Celebrate Reading

    February is affectionately called "I love to Read" or "Book Lovers" Month. Every day in February can be made special by completing a reading related activity. Here is a list you and your students will LOVE!

  • Creating A Makerspace Learning Environment

    The Maker Space is a learning environment where children, teens, adults, and families can tinker, design, and create together. Customarily, ideas range from wood working, plaster casting to electronics and 3-D printing, and the movement encourages experimentation, open-ended exploration, and belief that making mistakes is a great way to learn. Over time this new fade is based on the pr...

  • Xin Nian Kuai Le: Celebrating Chinese New Year

    The phrase "Xin Nian Kuai Le"  is Happy New Year in Mandarin.  The new moon closest to the start of spring dictates the beginning of the year in their culture, and each year i)s combined with elements of the earth (gold, wood, water, fire, earth) with twelve animals (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig/boar).  This is the year of the fire ro...

  • Success Story: From Struggling to High Achieving Students, Leveled eBooks Support Learning Across the Curriculum

    Cary, NC - Throughout the Wake County Public School District students are reading — in class, in the library, during reading camp, and even at home. “Our goal is to get more books into the hands of students,” shares Sherri Miller, Director, K-12 Literacy. But when you walk through Wake County’s elementary schools you may not see children with books in their hands. Instead, you’ll see t...

  • 3 Brain-Based Benefits to Classroom Writing

    We all know that writing is good for learning. But, did you know how good it is for your student's brains? Here are 3 ways that writing benefits your brain! 

  • Individual Learning Styles

    Last week we discussed how to incorporate technology into your classroom. This week we will focus specifically on Individual Learning Styles and how technology can meet student needs. Technology allows students to work independently and as educators you need to discover ways meet their various learning styles.  

  • Activities for National Opposite Day

    I love quirky holidays and celebrations! On January 25th, set your sights on a day filled with National Opposite Day activities. Research done by Robert Marzano, Debra Pickering, and Jane Pollock (2001) have created discussions on the benefits of comparing and contrasting. This concept provides the basis for effective instruction. I have included fun activities to boost students readin...

  • The Open Classroom

    The open classroom, by definition, is an approach to elementary education that emphasizes spacious classrooms where learning is informally structured, flexible and individualized. Open classrooms’ focus on students’ “learning by doing” and this concept resonates with those who believe that a formal, teacher-led classroom prevents a student from being creative and reaching their full po...

  • Poetry and the Inauguration: How Poets Participated in this Presidential Ceremony

    Today is Inauguration Day, a celebration and ceremony signifying the start [or continuation] of a president's administration.  Recognized on the 20th of January every four years, many entertainers, dignitaries, and American citizens participate in the festivities during and after the inauguration.  What is intriguing, however, is the relatively few poets involved in the ceremony.  It w...

  • Using Primary Sources to Teach Social Justice: Primary Sources Across the Curriculum Pt. 4

    Every world-changer, social activist, and revolutionary stood on the shoulders of those before them.

Big Universe Learning

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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.

Big Universe Learning

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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.

Big Universe Learning

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