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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….

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,…