Text Dependent Questions If there is a literacy topic I feel passionate about, it’s text dependency. I became a teacher in the era of “text to self” connections. In my early teaching years, I was a pro at teaching kids to make personal connections to read-alouds and other … [Read more...] about Text Dependent Questions
Maybe I'm old fashioned....or maybe I'm way behind the technological times. (Probably both.) At any rate, I've got a ton of audio cassette tapes lying around my classroom. Besides being bulky, they're almost obsolete. I mean- I can hardly find a reasonably priced … [Read more...] about Don’t toss out your audio cassette tapes just yet!
I love summertime! It gives me a chance to recharge, reflect, and revamp for the coming school year. With my move from 1st to 4th grade, I feel even more motivated to reflect on my teaching practices and make some adjustments! This week I've been considering some of my tried … [Read more...] about Cooperative Grouping Strategy
Partner talk is a popular speaking and listening strategy for many teachers. It is often referred to as “turn and talk” or “think-pair-share.” It's a well-loved strategy that never loses its effectiveness if managed well. While using this strategy and observing this in … [Read more...] about Speaking and Listening Strategy: Partner Talk
“Drawing to Retell” is one of my all-time favorite quick writing strategies. It can be used with any topic and can serve as a pre or post assessment. I've shared this strategy with many teachers across the State of Utah and the feedback has been unanimously positive. I had … [Read more...] about Drawing To Retell