Author Archives: Alison

How To Find Time for Grammar Instruction (in K-2)

How To Find Time for Grammar Instruction (in K-2)

The school day is sooo packed! It’s so hard to fit everything in, right?! Grammar or language arts instruction is essential. But when do you teach it? How do you find time for it all? In today’s post, I’ll explain why grammar instruction does not need to take up tons and tons of time. I’ll…Continue Reading

How to Integrate Grammar Instruction into Shared Reading or Close Reading (for K-2)

How to Integrate Grammar Instruction into Shared Reading or Close Reading (for K-2)

Want to provide the absolute best grammar instruction for your students? Connect it with your reading (and writing) instruction! Research shows that teaching grammar in the context of reading and writing is MUCH more effective than worksheets, editing drills, and isolated practice. We want our students to see grammar and conventions used correctly in real…Continue Reading

Best Practices for Teaching Grammar in K-2

Best Practices for Teaching Grammar in K-2

When you think about your own experiences with learning grammar, what comes to mind? As a student, I remember diagramming sentences…using a musty old grammar book with yellowed pages….exercises that put me to sleep…and generally disliking grammar altogether. Can you relate? As a teacher, I’d never want my own students to have the same experience.…Continue Reading

From Scientist to Second Grade Teacher: Renea’s Journey into Education as a Second Career

From Scientist to Second Grade Teacher: Renea’s Journey into Education as a Second Career

Thinking about switching careers? Changing career paths as an adult can be really intimidating. But it can also be 100% worth it! For this post, I interviewed Renea A., a second grade teacher in Georgia. She didn’t follow a “traditional” path into education; rather, she decided to become an elementary school teacher after a successful,…Continue Reading

Monkeys in the Gymnasium: Stories of Teaching Abroad

Monkeys in the Gymnasium: Stories of Teaching Abroad

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to teach in another country? There exists whole group of teachers who move from school to school, country to country … getting to experience life and education all over the world! Sounds pretty amazing, right? Kindergarten teacher Kristi Budworth has taught in multiple countries, and she…Continue Reading

How Whole Brain Teaching Can Solve Your Classroom Behavior Problems and Make Teaching Fun Again!

How Whole Brain Teaching Can Solve Your Classroom Behavior Problems and Make Teaching Fun Again!

“It’s worked with EVERY SINGLE kid with behavior issues,” Heidi told me. “Every single one!” My jaw dropped. If only I’d known about this years ago, I thought. Sooo … what’s this magic “thing” we’re talking about?! It’s Whole Brain Teaching! First grade teacher Heidi Martin is a Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) trainer who discovered…Continue Reading