In past blog posts, we have discussed the benefits of Reading Workshop, 5 easy ways to launch Reading Workshop, and how to start Book Clubs with your elementary students. In this post, we are going to chat about how to help your students run successful book club discussions. I know what you are thinking…student-run bookContinue reading “Facilitating Elementary Book Club Discussion Meetings in 3 Easy Steps”
Now that you have learned the benefits of Reading Workshop, as well as 5 easy ways to launch Reading Workshop, you are ready to dive into the world of Book Clubs. Book Clubs are a great way to build classroom community, encourage collaboration, and improve reading comprehension. This concept fits hand-in-hand with Reading Workshop becauseContinue reading “Reading Workshop: An Introduction to Book Clubs for Elementary Students”
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Reading Workshop…we love it and sometimes hate it…As teachers, we know that students need to be reading in order to improve their literacy. We also know the catchy phrase, “the more you read, the more you know…” and so on. However, for many teachers, the thought of tackling Reading Workshop is daunting. Although it soundsContinue reading “Launch Reading Workshop in 5 Easy Steps”
Reading is perhaps the most complicated yet most necessary skill to teach elementary students. This is a skill that will truly affect the rest of their lives. Phonics, fluency, comprehension…so much is involved in becoming literate, but what is the most challenging part of reading instruction? The buy-in! Have you ever heard a parent sayContinue reading “5 Goals of Reading Workshop: Is It Effective?”
The first week of school is filled with excitement and anticipation. As teachers, we focus on getting to know our students and building a classroom community. Aside from social-emotional learning, there is one more critical component to a successful back-to-school season: routines and procedures. It is so easy to fall into the trap of talkingContinue reading “10 Must-Teach Classroom Routines and Procedures to Start the Year Off Right”
It’s that time of year again…pre-Back to School season! This is the time of year when teachers hit up Back to School sales, get out those dusty curriculum guides, and start mapping out their classrooms. Some of you reading this, flip flops on, iced tea in hand, laying out on a beach somewhere, are holdingContinue reading “Setting Up Your Classroom: 10 Must Dos for Any Upper Grade Teacher”
Whether you are a first-year teacher or have been teaching for years and years, there is one question that all of us have on our minds right now…What do you do the first week of school?
Last spring, when schools closed, I didn’t know what to think. I was in shock to be honest. When has this ever happened? I had never heard of it. My thoughts began to race…Of course, I understood that health and safety are top priority, but I began to think about my students and the progressContinue reading “Differentiated Phonics Instruction – Virtual Learning Edition”
Over the summer, I have spent numerous hours collaborating and brainstorming with teachers from across the globe. In preparation of this coming school year amid the global pandemic, we discussed the biggest challenges of distance learning. One common challenge arose from these virtual conversations: CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT How can we motivate students and get them toContinue reading “Virtual Classroom Rewards and Incentives”