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5 Really Good Reading Ideas for the Elementary Classroom

5 Really Good Reading Ideas for the Elementary Classroom

Sometimes all you need is that one new lesson idea to launch a whole host of creativity. When some of our Really Good Teachers share their best ideas, you know you are bound to find ones that will work for you. Check out the tips for nurturing a love of reading in your students from
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Reading Ideas to Last All Summer Long

Reading Ideas to Last All Summer Long

    As the weather gets warmer (we’re optimistic!) and your students are itching to be outside, we thought we could prepare you with some perfect summer must-reads. After all, we can’t really blame them for their renewed Spring energy. Here are some great ideas to help your students continue to build their reading skills
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5 Fun Read Across America Day Ideas

5 Fun Read Across America Day Ideas

Read Across America Day (also known as Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!) is March 2nd.  If you are trying to figure out some quick, last minute lesson ideas, take a look at the ones below.  Not only are they fun, but they can open students’ eyes to a world outside of the classroom.


Reading with a Purpose and Taking a Stand

Reading with a Purpose and Taking a Stand

  by Steve Reifman My classroom’s daily Reading Workshop period consists of several components: mini-lessons that aim to build students’ comprehension skills, independent reading time, partner reading time, and word work that addresses spelling, grammar, and other language conventions and standards. This article focuses on how I structure the work my students do during their
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Guided Reading Strategies that Actually Work

Guided Reading Strategies that Actually Work

by Astute Hoot Guiding reading can be daunting, especially with the new instructional shifts and standards. Teachers are asking themselves such questions as: “What text do I use?” “What strategies do I teach?” “How do I keep all students engaged?” “How do I foster rich literary discussions?”


Test Preparation

Test Preparation

  The topic of how to prepare students for an assessment can often be an area fought with difficult decisions.  It is sometimes turned into a topic focused more on the teaching institution than on students and how the results of a standardized state test can affect the revenue for a school system.  The true
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Social Media in the Classroom

Social Media in the Classroom

Do you use social media in the classroom?  The Really Good Teachers at #TeachChat on February 3, 2015 shared some of their best tips and tricks for using it to enhance lessons and increase learning.  Read the transcript below and then join us on March 11th for the next chat!


3 Indoor Recess Energy Blasters

3 Indoor Recess Energy Blasters

  No matter where you live, those days when the words “indoor recess” are spoken over the loudspeaker there’s an instant feeling of dread.  Have no fear!  We have three really good indoor recess activities that will help you stay sane while helping your students burn off some of that extra energy.


Creative Writing for Middle School Students

Creative Writing for Middle School Students

Encouraging middle school students to write is by no means an easy task. The trick, according to intermediate grade teachers, is to engage students’ senses and make the writing process an interactive experience. The ideas below all come from Sixth Grade Teachers who know, first-hand, the challenges of such a task. Their insight and wisdom
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4 Ways to Jazz Up Your Writing Center

4 Ways to Jazz Up Your Writing Center

By Nancy Barlow Winter is the perfect time to refresh the activities in your writing center.  By now, many of the students in your class have progressed with their writing skills, and are hungry for new writing challenges.  Feed their desire to write with these easy, engaging writing activities.