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Why Use an Interactive Notebook in Your Classroom?

Using an interactive notebook in my classroom has been a great tool for so many different reasons. However, I’d…

Why You Need to be Teaching the R.A.C.E Writing Strategy

Using the R.A.C.E. Writing strategy has been a game changer in my classroom. With a million different writing strategies…

Integrating Vocabulary Instruction into 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-Teacher Communication

Most teachers when asked, say that parent-teacher 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 Newcomers is one of the most rewarding parts of teaching. I love when a student that does…

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…