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You know “what” needs to be done, you just aren’t sure with the “how” part?

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A Zen Den. Do You Really Need One In Your First Grade Classroom?

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Phoneme Segmentation
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Learn How To Easily Teach Phonemic Segmentation Using The Science Of Reading

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Close Reading

Top 3 Strategies For Close Reading And Classroom Management

Teaching strategies for close reading can be difficult when you teach elementary school. Some of the concepts go waaaay above your student’s heads. And we …

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Close Reading

How Can First Graders Analyze Close Reading Text With A Partner

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