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5 Strategies to Try When You Feel Frustrated by Your Students’ Behavior (for K-2)

5 Strategies to Try When You Feel Frustrated by Your Students’ Behavior (for K-2)

Have you ever felt frustrated by your students’ behavior? Maybe you have a difficult class this year. Or maybe your otherwise well-behaved students are getting a little squirrelly as the holidays approach. Whatever the case may be, if you get frustrated with your students’ behavior sometimes, you’re not alone. It happens to me more often…Continue Reading

5 Ideas for a Successful Writing Center in K-2

5 Ideas for a Successful Writing Center in K-2

Do you have a writing center in your kindergarten, first, or second grade classroom? In my classroom, the writing center is part of our daily literacy centers rotations. Additionally, I have a separate writing block (writing workshop) at a different time of the day. The work students do in the writing center reflects what they’ve…Continue Reading

How to Get Organized for Literacy Centers in K-2

How to Get Organized for Literacy Centers in K-2

Having your literacy center materials organized can save a LOT of time! As it is, we spend tons of time finding and prepping activities. Keeping those materials organized is a must; otherwise, literacy centers prep turns into a time-consuming scavenger hunt around your classroom! And personally, that’s not my favorite way to spend an afternoon.…Continue Reading

Literacy Centers That Work

Literacy Centers That Work

There are a LOT of different ways to run literacy centers. For example, you can have students work in pairs. Or they can work in larger groups. You might have students work with their guided reading groupmates. Or mix groups up so that students work with peers at different levels. You can let students choose…Continue Reading

How to Group Students for Literacy Centers (K-2)

How to Group Students for Literacy Centers (K-2)

Grouping students for literacy centers is like trying to solve a wacky math problem on a standardized test: Sally can’t be in the same group as Johnny. Johnny can’t be with Juan. Juan needs to be with Sally. Matt and Christina should be in the same groups. What group should Riley be in? Ha. But…Continue Reading