Year: 2021

It is important for students to build background knowledge before they dive into new concepts. Use this strategy to help build students' schema.

Building Background Knowledge Teaching Strategy 

It is important for students to build background knowledge before they dive into new concepts. Use this strategy to help build students’ schema/background knowledge. How Does This Strategy Work? In the center of the chalkboard (or in some other place where all students can see it), write a topic on

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Teacher Professional Development Podcasts

Podcasts aren’t just for students! While podcasts can be wonderful for teaching students a variety of skills (read more about this topic here), there are also excellent teacher professional development podcasts out there for teachers of all ages and subjects. Note these links are current as of the spring of

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How To Make Reading Fun

Making reading fun is an important part of lesson planning. By its very nature, reading is a part of every literature classroom, but not all students inherently love to read.  Making reading fun, though, is one of the best ways to encourage reading engagement in your students.  Today, let’s talk

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Summer Dollar Deals

Summer dollar deals are BACK! For the past few summers, I have participated in a July dollar sale. I love helping teachers find great deals on lessons. Mondays/Wednesdays are $1 deals and Tuesdays are $2 deals. Thursdays and Fridays are for giveaways and freebies. Check out this page each week

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Reading engagement is vital to the success of students. Learn about four different creative reading lessons.

Creative Reading Lessons

It can be a challenge to find rigorous yet creative reading lessons. Reading engagement is vital to the success of students.  While some students find ways to develop this engagement independently, the vast majority of students have improved outcomes when you help them develop it. Today let’s talk about four

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Alternative Reading Formats

Alternative reading formats are often overlooked in English classes. There have always been a lot of forms of literature and reading material to choose from when picking what to include in our curriculum — poetry, short stories, novels, biography, nonfiction, etc.  Today those choices are even wider.   Most teachers have

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4 Reasons to Teach Short Stories

Teachers might feel like they need reasons to teach short stories in lieu of or in addition to novels. Short stories often hold an interesting place in language arts classes.  While some teachers do focus on them as a specific unit, many of us use them as fillers or a

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