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5 Tips for Welcoming an ESL Newcomer

Teaching ESL is one of the most rewarding parts of teaching. I love when a student that does not…

Five Ways Students Can Organize Their Writing

There are two types of writers in the writing world. One of them is called a “pantser.” Basically, these…

6 Ways to Make Peer Editing Run Seamlessly

Peer Editing is one of those things that I have a love-hate relationship with. I absolutely love the final…

3 February Activities that Incorporate Poetry

I have to say that aside from the cold here up north, I really love the month of February….

Using Color as a Writing Strategy

Using Color Coding as a Writing Strategy As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, I taught first grade…

Using Task Cards With English Language Learners

I love teaching ESL. I’ve taught ESL students in first grade for eight years, and I am…

6 Upper Elementary Picture Books I Use to Teach Writing

6 Upper Elementary Picture Books I Use to Teach Writing Picture books are not just for primary grade…

Five Tips for Teaching Vocabulary in Context

One of the main challenges of teaching reading is knowing whether your students are comprehending the text. Often times,…

Tips for Teaching in a Departmentalized Classroom

After teaching first grade for eight years, I made the switch to fifth three years ago. It…

Teaching Content Through Poetry

One of the greatest parts about teaching is when we come up with that amazing lesson. We’ve…

Creating Little Authors
How can we encourage our students to write?

I’m pretty sure I was born with a pen in my hand. I started writing about the world around…