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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

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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 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…