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The Best Gift For Teachers To Give (Or Get!)

The Best Gift For Teachers To Give (Or Get!)

If you’re a teacher like me, you probably have mixed feelings about the weeks between Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. It’s such a beautiful time of the year – but the kids also get a little bit rowdy, you’re scrambling to put together student gifts or holiday projects…..and then there’s your OWN holiday baking and shopping.…Continue Reading

What To Do When You Can’t Fit All Of The Balanced Literacy Components Into Your Literacy Block

What To Do When You Can’t Fit All Of The Balanced Literacy Components Into Your Literacy Block

Do you have enough time in your daily literacy block? I’m guessing that the answer is no. A while back, I wrote posts about scheduling a balanced literacy block in Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. I included the following as potential components of a literacy block: Shared Reading Guided Reading / Independent Literacy Activities or Centers…Continue Reading

5 Great Apps for Students Learning to Read in Spanish

5 Great Apps for Students Learning to Read in Spanish

If you teach in a bilingual or dual language classroom, you probably already know that apps in Spanish are hard to find! So in today’s post, I’ll be sharing five of my favorites. All of these apps are great for students who are learning to read in Spanish. Important Notes Some of these Spanish reading…Continue Reading

5 Great Literacy Apps for K-2 Teachers and Students

5 Great Literacy Apps for K-2 Teachers and Students

There are a lottttt of apps out there! About 5 years ago, I helped pilot a 1:1 iPad program with my Kindergarteners. At that time, there were fewer education apps available (so much changes in 5 years!). Still, there were sooo many to choose from. And honestly? I went a little app crazy! I downloaded more than my…Continue Reading

How I Use a 2-Binder System To Stay Organized for Guided Reading

How I Use a 2-Binder System To Stay Organized for Guided Reading

Isn’t it funny how guided reading lessons can take FOREVER to plan? One guided reading lesson is relatively short, and the time just flies by. But preparing for it can certainly be time-consuming! When I’m working with groups at different levels (which is…always), it’s hard to keep everything straight. Sometimes I forget which strategy I want…Continue Reading

5 Mistakes I’ve Made When Teaching Guided Reading

5 Mistakes I’ve Made When Teaching Guided Reading

Teaching is all about making decisions. Decision…after decision…after decision. Research indicates that teachers make a few thousand instructional decisions in ONE school day. Whoa! Inevitably, we’re all going to make some decisions that we later regret or second-guess. I make mistakes ALL the time. I just choose to view them as learning opportunities for myself.…Continue Reading