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Teaching Setting in writing

Teaching Setting in Fiction Writing: Creating Creative Places

When it comes to fiction writing, sometimes teaching setting can be the most daunting. When helping students with setting, I…

Tiered Vocabulary Instruction

Why You Need to Be Teaching Tiered Vocabulary

Vocabulary instruction is often overlooked, since it is typically embedded in our overall daily curriculum. Before I truly understood…

Interesting Nonfiction Topics Kids love to learn about

Interesting Nonfiction Topics Kids Love to Learn About

When it comes to keeping students interested in nonfiction, sometimes it can be difficult. This is why I have…

Teaching Poetry

Teaching Poetry: Tips for Making Poetry Fun

There are so many different ways to teach poetry. Some teachers like to stick to reading free form and…

classroom jobs

Classroom Jobs for Upper Elementary Students

I am ALL about delegating tasks. In fact, it is what keeps me sane teaching fifth grade. (Most of…

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…