Too many students today speak a language of slang or video games. Their interest in words - real language - has fallen to the wayside. While to most people it may not seem as important as learning math, it's still very important, because sparking an interest in words helps students not only grow with their vocabulary but also build background knowledge and build a passion for learning! Below are a few suggestions on how you can spark an interest in words in your classroom and ... Read More about Spark Interest in Words
I think I have mentioned before that for some reason, in our science curriculum, we do not teach ecosystems but go straight to talking about adaptations. That bothers me because I feel the need to explain to my students about the environment that they are in for these needed adaptations. So, I guess if that makes me a naughty-shut-the-door-and-sneak-in-the-not-on-the-curriculum-topic kind of teacher, then so be it. With that said, I want to show you just how I *very quickly* teach about ... Read More about Going Wild for Ecosystems
I often would shut the door and sit in the darkened room with one light on (sometimes just the flood light). I had a small kidney table in the back corner adjacent to the door. That was where I would quietly sit and do my planning. From outside the classroom, it appeared as though no one was in the classroom. I could quietly work and not worry about being disturbed. It wasn't that I was trying to be anti-social, but rather I had this mentality (and still do) that my work time was ... Read More about Hiding from Co-workers During Planning Time?
One best practice is to give students effective and meaningful feedback. However, I have found that often, when I talk to people about feedback, they confuse it with advice or criticism. That is not what feedback is. Feedback is information about how one is doing in an effort to reach their goal. Here are five tips to help you give effective and meaningful feedback to students in your classroom. 1.) Make sure that it's actually tailored to that specific person and is based on ... Read More about 5 Tips to Giving Students Feedback
Fluency is extremely important because it takes students a step beyond word recognition and into the land of comprehension. Once students are no longer focusing on the word itself, they can begin focusing on the meaning behind the text. With that said, here are a few ideas on how to help your students build and improve their reading fluency! 1.) Reader's Theater. I love a good reader's theater. It's a fun way to practice fluency and learn about multiple topics while practicing prosodic ... Read More about 8 Ideas to Help Build Fluency