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How to Integrate Vocabulary Instruction Throughout Your Day

Vocabulary instruction is an integral part of our lessons. However, we often can’t find time to weave direct instruction…

6 Ways to Improve Parent Communication

Most teachers when asked, say that parent communication is one of their weaknesses. It is not that they try…

How to Stay Organized in Upper Elementary

The grading is longer and more intense. The attitudes have officially peaked. How are we expected to get anything…

5 Things to Avoid When Teaching Writing

Teaching writing all day in a departmentalized model comes with its challenges. When focusing on planning for a writing…

7 Writing Ideas for the First Week of School

This post contains an affiliate link The first week of school is usually a blur. We are all settling into…

8 Creative Ways to Keep Children Writing in the Summer

How to Keep Students Writing in the Summer This post contains an affiliate link Summer is filled with beach…

Why You Should Be Teaching Your Students to Self-Edit

When I moved to fifth grade to teach writing in a departmentalized model, I had a vision. I visualized…

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….