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Best Friend Books

Best Friend Books

"Neither poverty nor a thousand misfortunes should deprive any child of a book, because books DO change lives. They did mine."         -F. Isabel Campoy, Professor and Poet This week we will learn from Lester Laminack, the Professor Emeritus from Western Carolina University, who writes curricular resources from…

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Three Simple Ways To Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month In Your Classroom

Three Simple Ways to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month in Your Classroom

Now underway, National Hispanic Heritage Month seeks to highlight the contributions that Hispanic and Latinx communities make to our country and have made over the centuries to the formation of this nation.  From mid-September to mid-October, many activities occur nationwide to commemorate the event.  Check out our recommendations for ways of celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month with your students.

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The 3 C’s To Creativity: Celebrating Keep Kids Creative Week

The 3 C’s to Creativity: Celebrating Keep Kids Creative Week

Looking for ways to engage children, spark their imagination, and rid them of boredom?  A great way to do this is to celebrate Keep Kids Creative Week, a national initiative seeking to put the spark back into a child’s imagination.  Held on the last week of September of each year, founder Bruce Van Patter–an author and illustrator himself–wanted to give kids the support they need to be just that–kids.  Using the imagination to create new ideas or solve problems is paramount to being prepared for the 21st century, so check out some ways you can integrate creativity in your school day with your students.

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Get Kids Excited To Read

Get Kids Excited To Read

One of the great things about teaching, is the opportunity we have to instill a love of reading on to our students. Kids come to us with different reading abilities, different interests and different feelings toward reading.   To help ensure that our students leave us as lifelong learners and have…

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Digital Classroom Management

Digital Classroom Management

Ever have a great technology lesson that flopped?  Even with our best efforts, we see it as failure simply because of the classroom management.  I wrote a post on being a GEEK: Great Educators Engage Kids!  You can't engage kids effectively, unless you incorporate key classroom management techniques! Recently, I…

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Reassuring Parents

Reassuring Parents

Every year, I have concerned first grade parents coming to me about their child’s reading performance. “They just are not as far along as their brother/sister was at this age”, “how do they compare to the other children”, “they don’t like reading at home and we aren’t sure what to…

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Just Right Books

Just Right Books

Finding fun ways to help students develop a love of reading takes a bit of planning. As educators, we want our student to be successful and find "Just right books". Meaning they are reading books that interest them and are written on their reading level. If students are reading "just…

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