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10 Animals Your Students Become on the Last Week of School

We know how you feel. You’re loving every minute of this end-of-year fun. You are also thinking that some of your students have a renewed, wild-animal..

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Transformation Tuesday: Looking Back at School Days

Your school year is filled with celebratory moments. But let's face it...sometimes you just can't help but cringe and wonder if your students are going..

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The Anatomy of a Third Grader

Those who think rhymes, chants, and raps are reserved for the younger grades have never met a third grader. As their memories become more developed, so..

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The Anatomy of a Second Grader

As compared to their younger kinder and first grade schoolmates, the brains of second graders are processing information and making connections much..

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The Anatomy of a Fourth Grader

If kindergartners are the natural meaning seekers, then fourth graders are the natural worriers of the building. Most fourth graders are still very..

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The Anatomy of a First Grader

Often caught between being little and wanting to feel “big”, first grade can be a challenging time. For many, it’s the first time that learning becomes..

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The Anatomy of a Fifth Grader

Usually the oldest student group of the elementary campus, fifth graders keep the adults in the room on their toes. From serious to silly to surly in a..

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Respect Children's Stage, Not Age

No two children are alike when it comes to literacy development. That’s why I always encourage educators to base their instructional approaches around ..

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Peer Reading vs. Independent Reading (Poster)

If you teach literacy, then you probably love seeing your students have success while reading independently.

Independent reading is often a favorite..

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Oh No He Didn't!

Ah, the teachable moment. Those bright little occasions happen every day — some are more 

welcomed than others — but nonetheless, we learn from them.


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