Category Archives: General Instructional Strategies

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

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…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 struggled a bit with my schedule. I was moving up from Kindergarten and just wasn’t sure what a daily literacy schedule should look like for second grade. After some trial and error, I figured out how to structure my…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