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Articles | February 1, 2019

All elementary teachers know that Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2nd, is Read Across America Day! Head’s up, this year March 2nd, 2019 is a Saturday! Whether you are celebrating Seuss

Articles | May 4, 2018

No matter what study you read, the evidence always shows that students who read over the summer are more successful in the fall than those who don’t. How can you

Articles | February 21, 2018

Reading aloud to children is truly an art. With practice, even standardized test directions can become appealing to your students. Reading aloud daily for just 5-7 minutes can have a

Articles | February 16, 2018

Spring symbolizes renewal, new life and a time of transformation. Springtime is a great time for new things, especially when it comes to books! Refresh your classroom library with books

Articles | September 25, 2017

Consider it the ultimate list of language arts lessons for elementary teachers! With over 50 teacher-tested, classroom-proven lesson and activity ideas, this list is filled with teaching goodness. Bookmark it

Articles | August 9, 2017

How do you teach reading skills? Really Good Teachers from around the world shared their favorite techniques for developing a love for reading in their students. Their ideas range from

Articles | July 24, 2017

Books may not belong on trees, but don’t tell that to students in Donna’s 4th Grade class in Channahon, Illinois!  She motivates students to read throughout the year with the

Articles | March 22, 2017

While there is nothing like the feel of a good book in your hands, eBooks are a great alternative – especially for struggling readers.  The ability to change font size,

Articles | February 22, 2017

Dr. Seuss, born Theodor Geisel on March 2, 1904, is one of the most revered children’s authors of all time.  His books are engaging, imaginative, colorful, and easy for young

Articles | February 8, 2017

Reading is one of the most challenging subjects for students to grasp.  While some instantly take to decoding, fluency, and comprehension strategies, many others struggle.  As a teacher, your job

Articles | January 23, 2017

As all Really Good Teachers know, modeling helps students understand what’s being asked of them. This clever reading fluency idea by Deborah, a 2nd Grade Teacher, from Mobile, AL takes modeling

Articles | December 8, 2016

Teaching vocabulary strategies is one of the toughest jobs that teachers have. While it is critical that students expand both their reading and speaking vocabularies, it is not always an

Articles | September 30, 2016

I know virtually nothing about basketball. This isn’t something you admit when you live in the state that has produced successive NCAA women’s and men’s basketball champions something like a

Articles | September 20, 2016

Are you looking for some fun new ways to encourage your students to read? We have some really good ideas from some really great teachers across the country. Take a

Articles | September 13, 2016

Getting students excited about reading lessons can be tough.  When resistance is high, it’s time to break out some teacher-tested ideas that are sure to make reading time more fun. 

Articles | September 12, 2016

There’s a great amount of complexity and work that goes into planning a balanced literacy block for our early learners. It is important that, while planning language objectives within the

Articles | September 9, 2016

Getting students excited about reading isn’t always easy. As experienced teachers will attest to, the more ideas for generating enthusiasm about reading that you have in your bag of teaching

Articles | August 30, 2016

Jumpstart students’ enthusiasm for reading with some great ideas from Really Good Teachers.  Their tips and tricks focus on everything from guest readers to encouraging students’ senses of adventure.  If

Articles | August 9, 2016

Have you ever discovered a website that you just cannot wait to share with others?  This week’s free find is Google Lit Trips.  Imagine for a moment that you are

Articles | June 2, 2016

Preschool reading centers are a wonderful way to help develop literacy and language skills in early learners. Designing an area within a classroom that focuses on listening, reading, and writing

Articles | May 31, 2016

Summer slide is the term teachers use to describe the learning loss between grades over the summer. While once scoffed at, research has proven the summer slide is in fact

Articles | February 5, 2016

Read Across America Day is commemorated on March 2, which is also the birthday of famous children’s author Dr. Seuss. A small group from the National Education Association created this

Articles | January 29, 2016

In between producing amazing products that help both struggling and non-struggling readers and young mathematicians, Jennifer Zoglman, Jessica Murphy, and Tina Rataj-Berard of Astute Hoot have also started to spread

Articles | October 20, 2015

    Character development and understanding a character’s feelings can be challenging topics of discussion for any student. Barb, a Title One Teacher in Texas, shared with us how she

Articles | August 7, 2015

Teaching preschoolers about numbers and counting is made easy with a variety of educational reads available. To make it easy, we have put together a list of ten books your

Articles | July 7, 2015

Guest post by Jessica from Astute Hoot. Using picture clues or detecting, is a key strategy for beginning readers. Pictorial clues can serve as a bridge to decoding strategies such

Articles | June 4, 2015

Reading fluency is the ability to read a text quickly, accurately, and with comprehension.  While it may sounds easy enough, developing fluency skills is not always easy.  Students often struggle

Articles | June 2, 2015

  Get your students to hoot and holler over informational text with a shared research unit. In my classroom, I created Owls Are A Hoot: An Informational Text Unit to

Articles | May 4, 2015

  by Jessica, Astute Hoot Students are more successful when they monitor and reflect upon their thinking and learning. Cultivate a classroom of self-reflective learners using these strategies:

Articles | March 12, 2015

What makes a reading strategy effective?  Learn what other teachers and special guests from Astute Hoot have to say when they weighed in during the #TeachChat on Wednesday, March 11th,

Articles | February 27, 2015

  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

Articles | February 23, 2015

  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

Articles | February 19, 2015

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

Articles | February 17, 2015

  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

Articles | February 12, 2015

  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

Articles | December 16, 2014

  No matter how much you want to believe that your students will read over break – whether it be winter break, Spring break, or during the summer months, the

Articles | November 11, 2014

I have a huge embarrassing secret. I almost can’t bring myself to share it, but I need to get it off my chest, so here goes. I made a spelling

Articles | October 2, 2014

Books that focus on the alphabet not only help to reinforce a child’s understanding of the ABCs, but they also help to foster a love for books and reading.  With

Articles | August 13, 2014

It’s a bird! It’s a plane!  It’s a classroom full of super students!  Nothing says strength, loyalty, courage, and determination like a superhero. Capture that enthusiasm and excitement in classroom

Articles | July 9, 2014

At Really Good Stuff, we know that teachers and parents have limited time when it comes to finding free, high-quality online resources for their children.  When we first published the

Articles | May 13, 2014

You are just about there!  The end of the school year is in sight and you are counting down the days!  There is a lot to do between now and

Articles | December 20, 2013

  We asked teachers across the country which book they would share with their students if they were only able to choose one.  With over 60 different books on the

Articles | October 20, 2013

Providing students with experiences that let them grow, learn, explore, and evaluate their understanding of subject matter is the goal of technology use in the classroom.  Finding apps that provide

Articles | August 18, 2013

Finding the right read-alouds at the beginning of the school year can help alleviate student anxiety.  For lower elementary grades this is particularly important.  Stock your read-aloud basket with some

Articles | June 25, 2013

Learning never stops and that is especially true when it comes to the teaching profession.  New ways of organizing materials, engaging little learners, and effectively managing a classroom are always

Articles | May 2, 2013

Budgeting within the confines of very limited resources can be extremely challenging – especially for students with learning challenges. is a wonderful program, currently funded by the US Department of

Articles | May 1, 2013

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) place a significant emphasis on reading, reading comprehension, and textual support.  Engaging reluctant readers with the standards in mind can be a daunting task. 

Articles | February 28, 2013

Picture books are sometimes overlooked for their perceived simplicity when their illustrations can actually create a story that rivals some of the greatest literary works of all time.  Using picture

Articles | January 25, 2013

Looking for great read aloud books for your class?  We asked our Facebook friends what they are currently reading and compiled a list of their answers for you.  The grade

Articles | December 10, 2012

by Lori Wolfe, Guest Columnist As elementary teachers we are always looking for and finding strategies to use with our students that broaden and deepen their understanding when reading. We

Articles | November 27, 2012

While researching the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for an upcoming article, I ran across a website that answered some key questions about the standards and reading lists for teachers. 

Articles | October 12, 2012

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and the perfect time to get informed about this neurological processing disorder.  Despite popular opinion that dyslexia is a simple reversal or switching around of

Articles | October 10, 2012

Educational trends have come and gone over the years during the time that I have been teaching. However, one thing remains constant. We want all students to be able to

Articles | June 13, 2012

During my years of teaching and private tutoring experience, I have observed that having an organized and full classroom library is a major part of running a successful elementary level

Articles | June 1, 2012

You know your students will be online this summer, so why not help parents by giving them a list of websites that are “Teacher-Approved” for summer fun.  The 10 sites

Articles | April 10, 2012

Reading is a tremendously appealing, satisfying activity, and children will become hooked once the adults in their lives consistently build it into their daily schedules. The key is getting children

Articles | October 24, 2011

by Erin Klein, Guest Columnist If you search online for the definition of the word literacy, you will find many different variations. Some sources define literacy as the ability to

Articles | June 21, 2011

Have you been reading and discussing a special book with your class or school book club? If so, you may be interested in the opportunity to have an author visit

Articles | April 14, 2011

Reading may be a difficult subject for some of your students, but chances are that just about all of them can tell a story.  April 27th is Tell A Story

Articles | April 4, 2011

Since I’ve gone back to work, I’ve decided to put on my teacher hat for this post to write a little bit about developing phrasing and fluency in early readers.  Because

Articles | December 6, 2010

Guest Post by Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Dyslexia Training Institute The word dyslexia has unfortunately been used, abused and misused throughout the years which has made teachers, administrators, and school psychologists

Articles | July 15, 2010

How many times have you struggled to figure out why a student in your class cannot read?  He is a smart child with a creative and clever mind, but when

Articles | June 13, 2010

It’s time to hit the books!  This summer spend some time catching up on some great summer reads.  There are some professional choices for educators, as well as, some summertime

Articles | June 7, 2010

With only a few days or weeks left, lesson planning can be difficult! You need some quick and easy games and lessons to keep students focused and on track. Well,

Articles | April 13, 2010

Inspiring intermediate grade readers can be challenging.  For teachers in inner city schools and low-income districts, figuring out how to tap into a student’s desire to read can be even

Articles | March 4, 2010

Some of the best ideas for incorporating Dr. Seuss into reading, writing and arithmetic lessons come from Really Good Teachers. We’re so excited to share with you some really good

Articles | February 9, 2010

Figuring out how to start a student book club can be a time consuming task. You want it to be just the right mix of fun and learning, but achieving

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