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12 Activities No Teacher Should Ever Do

Look all over the web and you'll find hundreds of articles giving you activities to implement in your classroom. What's one more going to do for you?..

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11 Shared Readers Your Kids Will Love

When you’re looking for robust Shared Readers, it can be hard to know which titles do the best job.Remember, the best Shared Readers are:

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10 Ways to Celebrate Yourself During Teacher Appreciation Week

Wait, you only get one week out of the year to celebrate your life’s passion? Don't waste #TeacherAppreciationWeek waiting for others to appreciate..

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10 Myths About Shared Reading

Do you view shared reading as “just fluff,” and too lengthy of an exercise to count on? You may want to think differently about the power of shared..

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10 Mashed-Up Words that Save Time for Teachers

Brangelina, Bwen, and Kimye—their mashed-up names save time and sound cool. But Hollywood stars aren't the only ones who can use word combos.  With..

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Why is Balanced Literacy Important?

Every classroom has good readers—students who read with accuracy and basic comprehension. However, 21st-century literacy standards require more than..

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Why Balanced Literacy Is More Than Guided Reading

I work with educators all over the world about the principles of balanced literacy. I often ask this question: “What is balanced literacy?”..

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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...