Morning meeting is an engaging way to start each day and an easy way to build a strong classroom community. Teachers and students sit in a circle for an organized start-of-day activity. A morning meeting consists of 5 components: message, greeting, reading, sharing, and an … [Read more...] about Why is Morning Meeting Magical?
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 discussion 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 classrooms, I have … [Read more...] about Student Engagement Discussion Strategy: Partner Talk