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CCSS: Don't Throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water

I often hear concerns from teachers related to the Common Core State Standards. Two frequently asked questions are, "Do I have to start over?" and "Do..

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9 Ways to Cultivate Persistence in Your Students

Guest Post by Julia Kennedy Kirkland

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7 Reasons to Rethink Your Big Book

Who doesn’t love big books? We certainly have our favorites. But when it comes to shared reading, not every BIG book will do!

Revisit the goals and..

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6 Shared Reading Fails

Shared reading is the precursor to independent reading.

It’s a literacy model for what good readers and great thinkers do.

When you take full advantage..

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6 Magic Tricks for Your Beginning Readers

If your kindergarten or first grade class is like many, you have some readers who are zooming through the Junie B. Jones series and other students who..

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5 Ways to Foster Student Responsibility

How do you encourage little learners to feel motivation and ownership over the "pesky little tasks" we give them day to day? (Say, homework!)

We..

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5 Solutions To The Dreaded “Quiet Classroom Syndrome”

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There’s no better feeling than seeing your students engaged in rich, complex and thought-provoking conversation about a..

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5 Active Learning Tips To Increase Student Retention

Sometimes doing less is more… 

As educators, there’s nothing more gratifying than lighting up the minds of your students. But sometimes, our efforts..

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3 Simple Tips for Close Reading Success

This isn’t my daughter, but it very well could be. I think she gave me this face last Wednesday, in fact.

She’s three. And three’s are “special,” which..

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3 Degrees of Separation

Winter is settling in here in Austin, and with it comes the inconvenience of winter weather advisories, closures, and delays. Though many employers and..

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Contributors

  • Brian Childs

    Brian Childs is a veteran and former teacher in the Greater Orlando area. He has experience teaching in every grade level from elementary to adult education. He is the creator of the parenting...

  • Lesley Fields

    On my last day of kindergarten, my teacher encouraged the class to come dressed as the person they wanted to be when they grew up. Amidst a sea of cheerleaders, ballerinas, cowboys, and a...

  • Carrie Contey, Ph.D.

    Carrie Contey, PhD is a internationally recognized coach, author, speaker and educator. Her work offers a new perspective on human development, parenting, family life and being a healthy, happy,...

  • Jill Eggleton

    Jill Eggleton is the author of the Key Links Literacy series. As an international educational consultant and teacher, Jill has 30 years of teaching and administration experience. She is...

  • Aimee Karr

    As a former elementary school teacher, Aimee knows the value of balance in the classroom. She uses her hands-on knowledge to create products with just the right balance of rigor and play — right...

  • Alison Schmerler

    A lifelong Letter People lover and experienced Kindergarten teacher (18 years in the classroom in fact!), I have called Abrams Learning Trends my professional home for the last 16 years....

  • Abrams Learning...

    As former educators, parents of school-age children, and former quirky kids ourselves, education is near and dear to our hearts. That’s why we have dedicated our work to supporting schools...

  • Erin King

    Like you, I wear many hats—proud mama, devoted wife, passionate teacher, life-long learner, sister, daughter, friend, colleague...and VP of Marketing for Abrams Learning Trends.

  • Gare Thompson

    Gare Thompson started his educational career as a kindergarten teacher. Over the course of his career, he has taught each grade level and has educated hundreds—maybe even thousands—of children in...

  • Aaron Mayers, CEO

    Similar to many of our stories, my personal interest in improving literacy was stoked by a mother who was an elementary school teacher, and a father who published one of the most successful...