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How I Start Centers At The Beginning of Kindergarten

How I Start Centers At The Beginning of Kindergarten

If you teach Kindergarten, centers are probably a part of your day. When I taught Kindergarten, I incorporated centers into literacy, math, and free play, as well as occasionally during science and social studies. Centers are a great way to get students actively involved in their learning. I’ve heard that Kinders’ attention span is about 5-6…Continue Reading

Fitting It All In:  How to Schedule a Balanced Literacy Block for Second Grade

Fitting It All In: How to Schedule a Balanced Literacy Block for Second Grade

**Looking for 1st grade literacy block schedules? Click HERE. Or for Kindergarten literacy block schedules, click HERE.** When I began teaching second grade, I was moving up from Kindergarten. In my Kindergarten world, teaching literacy meant big books and alphabet songs and magnetic letters. I certainly knew that wouldn’t be the case in second grade. But I was still a little unsure about how…Continue Reading

Why I Don’t Use Sentence Fixing with My Students

Why I Don’t Use Sentence Fixing with My Students

Do you give your students sentence fixing activities to complete?  You know, the ones where you provide a sentence that’s written and punctuated incorrectly, and they have to fix it?  Sometimes these activities are referred to as D.O.L. (Daily Oral Language).  D.O.L., sentence fixing, or whatever you want to call it is a pretty common way…Continue Reading

Meaningful End-Of-Unit Projects

Meaningful End-Of-Unit Projects

Hey there!  Today I’m blogging about something related to one of my very favorite teaching topics – integrated/thematic units!  When I was in the classroom, creating integrated units was one of my very favorite things to do.  I love tying science and social studies learning into literacy instruction (and math-, when possible).  When my kids…Continue Reading

More Effective Partner Talk

More Effective Partner Talk

Happy Saturday and happy three day weekend!  Having Labor Day off is always sooo nice after the beginning of the school year. 🙂You might already know that I also write on the “Who’s Who and Who’s New” collaborative blog, and today I’m teaming up with a few of the other bloggers for a little fun Labor Day Weekend…Continue Reading