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Composting in Schools, or not?

Most school districts have adopted recycling programs, and children have been educated on the importance of recyclable items, such as plastics, cans, glass, cardboard, and paper. Student’s participate in collecting, and separating these items with an understanding that they can be reused for manufacturing purposes when turned into the proper…

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Spelling Bee, Spelling Match, Spellathon

Spelling Bee, Spelling Match, Spellathon

Norman Rockwell, 1918, “Cousin Reginald Spells Peloponnesus” painting provides evidence of the five generations of influence that Webster’s spelling books had on students in the United States. Noah Webster’s curriculum, more commonly known as “The Blue-backed Speller,” initial publication was in 1786, which encouraged spelling bee’s, or spelling match competitions…

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Newsletters ‘R Us

At the start of the school year, teachers are beginning to think about ways for developing positive relationships with parents. The best way to avoid misunderstandings with parents is to have ongoing, clear lines of communication from the beginning. Weekly newsletters that are E-Mailed to parents are an excellent way…

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Kid’s Can Be Published Author’s Too!

Publishing is the least used aspect of the writing process in elementary schools, as  classrooms teachers in the primary grades often become focused primarily on teaching techniques, or strategies within a writer’s workshop modality that sometimes lacks consistency to determine its overall effectiveness. Moreover, teachers introduce the process of writing…

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Every-Day-Edits to Build Language Skills

Every-Day-Edits, are single paragraph, grammar exercises that contain ten  grammar mistakes that involve the following: comma rules, capitalization, spelling, punctuation, apostrophe usage, and occasionally run-on sentences. Regardless of the country, or the language, grammar is the foundation of communication. Additionally, Every-Day Edits can be used with students in fourth grade,…

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National Scrabble Week

National Scrabble Week

What are the best techniques for children and adults to improve spelling? Reading naturally improves spelling, and is considered the best strategy because the words in a story are absorbed within its context as they are associated with the print on the pages. Perhaps a weekly game of Scrabble, or Scrabble…

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Why Digital Literacy Matters?

Digital literacies are not solely about technical proficiency, but about the issues, norms, and habits of mind surrounding technologies used for a particular purpose. - Doug Belshaw, educational researcher What is digital literacy? Digital literacy requires a variety of strategies and skills. In exploring what digital literacy is, we must…

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