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Remote Learning in a Digital Age without Digital Resources

I think we live in an amazing age where my students can come to school with 1:1 classrooms and, under adult supervision, access online learning through platforms like Google Classroom. But none of that is guaranteed for many kids once they leave school. We got the unexpected call yesterday that our school would be closed… Continue reading Remote Learning in a Digital Age without Digital Resources

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Fluency Self Check

I am fortunate to have a former student who is now in our high school intern with me for this spring semester. I decided to have her work with individual students who need more practice with fluency. But since she’s with me only every other day, I needed a way to have my students continue… Continue reading Fluency Self Check

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Genre Bookmarks

We’ve been talking about genres for ages — okay, for three months, but who’s counting? Wait…me. I’m counting. — so it’s time for my students to begin identifying the genre of their independent reading books using these simple bookmarks! I plan on using them to track their 40 book requirement. I’ve tried everything else I… Continue reading Genre Bookmarks

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Reading at Home

Parent conferences are coming… The transition for our kids from second to third grade is challenging. The expectations increase as they move from learning how to read to reading to learn. We no longer test them on stories we’ve read together, but rather they must use the skills we’ve worked on all week and apply… Continue reading Reading at Home

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Flexible Seating Options Don’t Benefit All Students

Flexible seating options are not beneficial for every student. Yes, I went there. The term “flexible seating” has morphed into the idea that teachers must have fun and elaborate equipment like couches, cafe tables and stools. And many terrific teachers have struggled over the fact that those items are expensive, and so they’re convinced they… Continue reading Flexible Seating Options Don’t Benefit All Students

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The Writing Process in the LS Classroom – Part 3 of 5: ARMS

  So often, when my students write, they expect to submit their initial piece as their final copy.  This could be because they find the writing process tedious or boring, or because they truly don’t realize that writing is a process. In my previous post, I explained how I use my Planning Organizer to help… Continue reading The Writing Process in the LS Classroom – Part 3 of 5: ARMS

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The Writing Process in the LS Classroom – Part 2 of 5: Frameworks

  Students with reading disabilities tend to not read as much as their typically developing peers.  That means that they don’t get exposed to the mentor texts that could potentially help them become better writers. This is one reason why I believe that even intermediate students should have opportunities to experience read-alouds.  The benefit of… Continue reading The Writing Process in the LS Classroom – Part 2 of 5: Frameworks

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The Writing Process in the LS Classroom – Part 1 of 5: Brainstorming

  I find the writing process to be one of the most difficult things to teach.  Everything the student does in writing must come from his own thoughts and ideas. In math, there are a finite number of ways to get to the correct answer (and there’s always a correct answer), and I can guide… Continue reading The Writing Process in the LS Classroom – Part 1 of 5: Brainstorming

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Sunday Inspirations: Back to School Tips for Special Education Teachers

It’s Back to School time!  Woo-hoo!  I’m itching to get back into my classroom, and I know many teachers are already working hard with their students.  Since the back-to-school routine has been swirling around in my brain lately, I thought it would be timely to post a few tips for special education teachers, to get… Continue reading Sunday Inspirations: Back to School Tips for Special Education Teachers

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Sunday Inspirations: Year-End Fun

  Our schedule has been disrupted the last few weeks due to end-of-year activities, like our school meetings (each grade “hosts” a school assembly of sorts), school meeting practice, school meeting poster preparation (see a theme here?), Color Day (aka Field Day, which was postponed twice because of inclement weather), swimming lessons (yes, our district… Continue reading Sunday Inspirations: Year-End Fun