What is Interactive Writing?


Teaching an interactive writing lesson is a versatile way to differentiate and review past literacy skills. This method differs from modeled or shared writing in that the students write on the paper with the teacher. Since the students do the writing, they will take ownership of the text and as a result, they will both … Read more

What is Close Reading?


Close reading is exactly as it sounds. It’s reading closely. Students will spend several days on one text, looking at the words the author uses and discussing the text’s meaning. This method of digging deeper into the text will prepare your students for independent analysis of a passage. A close reading definition by the website “We … Read more

Building a Classroom Community

Building a positive learning environment begins before the students arrive on the first day. There are many things to consider about your room as a community. Here are some tips to do at the beginning of the year to get a good foundation for building those relationships with your students. Make your classroom inviting.  It … Read more

Social Emotional Learning

Emotion drives attention, attention drives learning”-Tim Shriver, co-founder and board chair of CASEL The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines social emotional learning (SEL) as the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, … Read more

Top 5 Ice Breaker Games for the start of school

Some great ice breaker ideas for the first day of school. When you have a classroom full of nervous, shy, excited, and terrified little faces looking at you and each other, it’s important to build relationships on the first day. Here are five ice breaker games for kids you can use on the first day … Read more

Is a Q-ball worth the investment?


Using a Qball in the classroom Last Christmas, I asked my husband, Eric for a Q-ball for my classroom. It was new on the market, and it looked like something that I would use daily as a tool for teaching. Although I wasn’t sure if it was worth the cost, it’s about the amount we … Read more


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