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How to Combine Phonics and Fluency into Your Halloween Literacy Centers

I love the holidays!!! Halloween is no exception. As a teacher, I find the holidays even more exciting because they allow us the opportunity to share in the excitement with our students. I usually go all out for Halloween…art projects, contests, and the biggest class party of the year. (More to come on that! LookContinue reading “How to Combine Phonics and Fluency into Your Halloween Literacy Centers”

3 Ways to Differentiate Your Science of Reading Centers

Differentiation and the Science of Reading?! This post is like my pedagogical dream!!! Over the last month, I have introduced you to the key components of the Science of Reading and shared some ideas on how to quickly and efficiently use them in your classrooms. In this post, we will incorporate the Science of ReadingContinue reading “3 Ways to Differentiate Your Science of Reading Centers”

The Science of Reading in a Real Life Classroom

In my last post, we discussed the top three things you should know about the Science of Reading. When I first learned about this topic, I asked myself what many of you may be thinking at this very moment…NOW WHAT?!!! I hear you. It’s one thing to learn about a teaching philosophy or strategy inContinue reading “The Science of Reading in a Real Life Classroom”

3 Things You Should Know About the Science of Reading

Listen to the podcast. Teaching reading is rocket science. Louisa Moats Yeah, no kidding…the “correct way” to teach reading has long been debated, and it seems like it is becoming a hot topic in the educational community once again. When I was in college, I was once told that education is like a pendulum, swingingContinue reading “3 Things You Should Know About the Science of Reading”

5 Literacy Activities for the First Week of School

Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development… Kofi Annon As many of you know, I am a literacy mentor along with being a classroom teacher. The quote above stresses the importance ofContinue reading “5 Literacy Activities for the First Week of School”

Creative Teaching: An Introduction to Project-Based Learning

What we learn to do, we learn by doing. Thomas Jefferson As one of our founding fathers stated so long ago, in order to truly learn a new skill, we must use it. Now, in the educational world, this does not mean doing more practice problems. It also does not mean more homework. What itContinue reading “Creative Teaching: An Introduction to Project-Based Learning”

Depth and Complexity Icons: Where Book Clubs Meet Advanced Learning

Listen to the podcast episode. Good teaching is good teaching. -unknown source Early on in my career, I had a principal that really inspired me to be the best teacher I could be. When we used to chat about educational philosophies and teaching practices, she would always end the conversation by saying, “Good teaching isContinue reading “Depth and Complexity Icons: Where Book Clubs Meet Advanced Learning”

Flip It: How Can a flipped classroom improve student engagement?

Listen to the podcast. Are you looking to improve student engagement during your differentiated lessons? Would you like to prioritize higher-order thinking skills while meeting the needs of every learner in your class? Then, I suggest you flip your classroom! Flipped learning has been around for almost two decades, though it has gained popularity overContinue reading “Flip It: How Can a flipped classroom improve student engagement?”

Upper-Grade Math Centers: To Rotate or Not To Rotate

Are math centers only for primary grades? Is it necessary to rotate centers? How do I manage math centers and make sure students are on task? Upper-grade teachers, if you are asking yourself any of these questions, you are not alone! As many of you may already know, I have taught a variety of gradeContinue reading “Upper-Grade Math Centers: To Rotate or Not To Rotate”

Differentiated Literacy Centers: A Primary Teacher’s Guide

Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible. -Barack Obama Listen to the podcast episode. Today, we are here to talk about two of my favorite subjects…literacy and differentiation. As the quote above so eloquently reminds us, literacy is really the gateway to all other learning. In the primary grades, we knowContinue reading “Differentiated Literacy Centers: A Primary Teacher’s Guide”

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