Teresa M.

Teresa M. has been an educator for 17 years. She holds a Masters in Educational Technology with an emphasis in Online Instruction from Montana State University as well as a certificate in School Library Media from the University of Washington. She has been the Professional Development Committee Chair in her school district and served on the board for the Montana Library Association. She loves learning and enjoys helping others!

Recent Posts

Creating a Spring Lesson Plan

Posted by Teresa M. on Mar 10, 2016 6:00:00 AM

With warmer temperatures and more daylight, students have realized that Spring is on its way!  For young readers, short nonfiction texts can catch their curiosity.  By using simple sentence structure and real-life photos, your students will be delighted to learn more about various topics including Spring. This title is timely to use with your students and will allow you to become familiar with other nonfiction resources available for beginning readers. This series includes beginning text features such as glossaries, table of contents and chart/diagrams.

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Read Across America with Engaging Literacy Ideas

Posted by Teresa M. on Feb 29, 2016 12:34:40 PM

“Readers are Leaders”!  Please join the annual Read Across America celebration on March 2nd.  This is the official day set aside and sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA) to celebrate reading.  You will notice the CAT in the HAT theme, because this day also doubles as Dr. Seuss’ Birthday.  There are many ways you can participate.  The ideas can be simple or whimsical, It’s your choice.

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Beating the Winter Blahs

Posted by Teresa M. on Feb 23, 2016 9:40:31 PM

If you are anything like me, the longest part of the school year is between January and March.  Typically there are fewer breaks and the days seem so long.  However, these next few months are most important months to teach and prepare your students for upcoming tests.  Here are some times to help you cope and stay cool under pressure.

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Classroom Management: Making your Classroom Great!

Posted by Teresa M. on Feb 16, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Making your classroom great builds on an established set of rules in place. Classroom management deals with more than just bad behaviors, it deals with all aspects of the classroom and school environment. This blog post will focus on things that will make your classroom management system even better.  

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Personal Experiences

Fostering a Growth Mindset within Your Classroom

Posted by Teresa M. on Feb 8, 2016 12:42:32 PM

My mother used  idioms to teach me life lessons.  Maybe due to a popular song in the 80’s,  she would say “when the going gets tough, the tough gets going,” almost daily.  Basically, life is not always easy; I can make the most of it and do my best by not give up .  My mother didn’t “beat around the bush,” I needed to “pull myself up by my boot straps.”  These phrases are still relevant in today’s classroom.  What can we do to encourage our students to keep learning and growing?  In this post I will explore ideas (and provide some Big Universe resources) that will benefit all students, regardless of learning style and ability.

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Valentine's Day Lesson Planning

Posted by Teresa M. on Feb 3, 2016 2:51:00 PM

Here’s a lesson you will LOVE!

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A Groundhog Day Lesson that Counts!

Posted by Teresa M. on Jan 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Time to Celebrate….

February 2nd is Groundhog Day!  As an educator, I love celebrating current events.  I have seen how these topic specific lessons motivate students during the winter blahs. This unit is a great way to foster a love of reading through various activities and resources for all your learners.  Finding the right resources to teach your holiday specific lesson is vital.  I have used many resources that are available on Big Universe.  Whether you are teaching a whole group or assigning to individual students, they will enjoy this unit. Included are my reviews of my favorite fiction and nonfiction books as well as ideas for celebrating Groundhog Day.

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Integrated Thematic Unit: Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted by Teresa M. on Jan 13, 2016 8:00:00 AM

History teaches that one person can have a huge impact on many. Martin Luther King Jr. is one such individual. His life can be used to teach many learning concepts and can be implemented into a variety of curriculmn areas including reading, writing, math and social studies. Try implementing these activities and resources into your classroom for an integrated thematic unit celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.

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Setting Classroom and Individual Learning Goals

Posted by Teresa M. on Jan 11, 2016 3:49:49 PM

As we enter a New Year, traditionally many people begin setting New Year’s Resolutions. These resolutions have helped many to achieve their goals. As you return to school this week, try implementing goal setting  into your classroom. Students are nearly half-ways through a school year.  What a great way to motivate your students to achieve individual learning goals.

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Making the most of your Reading Groups

Posted by Teresa M. on Dec 9, 2015 11:23:33 AM
Reading groups are vital to the success of struggling readers. However, it is beneficial to all readers. So, how can you make the most of your reading group time?
 
1. Flexible Grouping-Too often there is a stigma associated with grouping students. However, making your groups flexible allows students to move up and down groups.
 
2. Skill Groups vs. Reading Levels-Focus on a skill during a lesson will allow you to group your students. IF your students have already reached mastery on the skill, you can do a more advanced activity.
 
3. Interest Grouping-This is a great way to involve students regardless of reading level. Use Big Universe and find resources on a variety of levels and topics. Example: Animals
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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Personal Experiences, Common Core, Differentiation, Publisher Preview, Integration Ideas, Literacy

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