Teaching Ideas

Using monthly themed poetry for fluency practice

Using Monthly Themed Poetry for Fluency Practice

There are so many different ways to engage students in fluency practice. One of these strategies can be repeated…

five free nonfiction articles

Teaching with Nonfiction Articles

Teaching with Nonfiction Articles Using nonfiction articles in my teaching has been extremely important for student motivation. They are a…

teaching current events to students

Teaching Current Events in the Classroom

While history, mathematics, and grammar tend to top the lists of our curriculum, I find there isn’t always time…

teaching coping strategies to students

Teaching Coping Strategies to Students

Teaching coping strategies to students has never been more important than now. During this time of unpredictability, children depend…

Why I Love Using Google Classroom in Fifth Grade

Google Classroom has been a game-changer in fifth grade. I taught first grade for eight years and this is…

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…

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…

Tips for Teaching in a Departmentalized Classroom

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