How to Choose Word Work Activities That Are Actually Effective

How to Choose Word Work Activities That Are Actually Effective

Word work and phonics learning are essential components of literacy instruction.  In fact, some kids won’t learn to read without it. So it’s really important that we follow best practices in phonics / word study instruction AND choose effective word work activities. It’s incredibly important to our students’ success in literacy, right? Uhhhhh, no pressure,…Continue Reading

Are Spelling Tests Good or Bad?

Are Spelling Tests Good or Bad?

Have you ever been told NOT to give spelling tests? Or heard that spelling tests aren’t a good instructional practice? I’ve heard some misconceptions floating around about spelling tests, so I want to address those in this post! Where does the idea that spelling tests are “bad” come from? This idea refers to “traditional” spelling…Continue Reading

How to Integrate Reading and Writing Workshop in K-2

How to Integrate Reading and Writing Workshop in K-2

Do you use the reading workshop AND writing workshop models in your K-2 classroom? I love the workshop model because it: Promotes student choice (which is motivating!) Gives students lots of real reading and writing time—not worksheets Creates time for us teachers to meet with students one-on-one or in small groups If you’d like to…Continue Reading

5 Myths About Implementing Reading Workshop in K-2

5 Myths About Implementing Reading Workshop in K-2

If your principal announced at the next staff meeting that you would be required to implement reading workshop, starting next week, would you… Jump for joy? Or  Run screaming out of the staff room? 😝 If you’re a “B,” pump those brakes, my teacher friend! Reading workshop ISN’T as scary or complicated as it might…Continue Reading

A Day in the Life of a Special Education Teacher

A Day in the Life of a Special Education Teacher

Have you ever considered becoming a special education teacher? Or maybe you’re already a teacher, but you teach in a general education classroom and wonder what a special education teacher does during the day? This post will give you an inside look at a day in the life of a special education teacher! I couldn’t…Continue Reading

Classroom Management Strategies for Challenging Behaviors

Classroom Management Strategies for Challenging Behaviors

Do your students’ disruptive behaviors wear you out? Do you ever find yourself wishing you could just TEACH instead of constantly manage behavior? If so, this post is for you (and you’re in good company)! I’ve heard of so many teachers completely quitting the profession because they were worn out from dealing with behavior issues.…Continue Reading

How to Use Predictable Charts to Teach Early Reading Skills

How to Use Predictable Charts to Teach Early Reading Skills

Have you ever seen (or created) a chart with your students that looks something like this? This is an example of a “predictable chart.” It’s predictable because the sentence frame is the same in each sentence (in this case, it’s just the word “likes”). Why Use Predictable Charts? The main reason why I love creating…Continue Reading