Every year I share the books that are in my book bag, in order to help my students get to know me a little better, and to see me as a reader. Some titles include How the Brain Learns (I’m a teacher, after all), Eats, Shoots & Leaves (I love grammar!), The Unofficial Guide… Continue reading How To Get Your Students to See You As a Reader
Teachers Get It After I pinned this idea last week, it got repinned over 300 times. When teachers rally around an idea, attention needs to be paid to it! I’ve been struggling with a very chatty class this year, and have tried everything, to no avail. I typically use call and response techniques, explicit… Continue reading How Little Green Men Solved My Chatty Class Problem
If not, I highly recommend it! It was truly the highlight of our winter break party! The kids asked when we could start exchanging gifts the minute we walked into school, knowing full well that they would receive a book — a BOOK — in return!! How awesome is that?!? To get kids excited… Continue reading Have You Tried a Book Pollyanna?
Have you struggled with students not finding their own mistakes in their writing? Even after checking CUPS, there are still errors, and peer editing isn’t any better. Plus, editing for your students only feels like spoon feeding the answers and they’re not really learning from them. One of my strongest readers struggles finding her… Continue reading The Simple Solution to Helping Your Students Find Their Own Writing Mistakes
DATA. One little word can strike fear in the hearts of many teachers. Actually, not really. Not anymore. We’re a data-driven society. With pressure from administration to provide data on everything from math fact automaticity to reading literature comprehension, teachers are always on the lookout for ways to measure student growth and achievement. (Data Binders,… Continue reading #SummerPD: Student Growth vs. Student Grading
While y’all are working on getting your classrooms ready for the upcoming school year, I’m here playing around with iMovie. Get a sneak peek at MY classroom. I hope you enjoy this trailer! -Amy
Although many of the strategies that were presented during this summer PD workshop have been around awhile, I was encouraged by several that I hadn’t heard of before, or that were tweaked in a way that made them fresh. ABC Brainstorm This activity (and any variations of it) is meant to help students activate their… Continue reading #Summer PD: Cross-Content Reading Strategies