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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 To Use ReadWorks Digital To Create Engaging, Differentiated Independent Work For Your Primary Students

How To Use ReadWorks Digital To Create Engaging, Differentiated Independent Work For Your Primary Students

Finding independent work or centers activities for the primary grades can be really difficult! Sure, there are plenty of great ideas out there. But it’s not always easy to find something that a) students can complete independently and b) is meaningful and engaging. And I’m a big believer in having students read and write as much…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

Two Must-Teach Types of Guided Reading Lessons That Promote Student Independence

Two Must-Teach Types of Guided Reading Lessons That Promote Student Independence

What I do with students during guided reading varies (a bit) from lesson to lesson. Generally, however, my guided reading lessons tend to fit into one of two categories: Anchor lesson Student-driven lesson Categorizing my lessons this way has been SO helpful to me. It’s allowed me to release more responsibility to my students. In turn, they’ve become…Continue Reading

How To Create Continuity Throughout Your K-2 Literacy Block With Skill Continuums

How To Create Continuity Throughout Your K-2 Literacy Block With Skill Continuums

Let’s compare two scenarios – each one takes place in a first grade classroom, during the literacy block: Teacher A’s Classroom: Teacher A teaches a whole-group lesson on inferring character traits, using a familiar readaloud. Teacher A meets with a guided reading group. The focus strategy is reading in smooth, fluent phrases. Teach A meets with another…Continue Reading