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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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Back To School: Making The Most Of School To Home Connections

Back to School: Making the Most of School to Home Connections

Note: This is the second article in a three-part series on preparing for back to school. Last week, we discussed the 3-step to-do list for teachers to follow and next week, we’ll talk about creating a healthy classroom community.

 

Last week’s column was about getting yourself organized for the school year.  Now, let’s focus on tips to remember when building school-home connections, which I’ll represent by using the STAR acronym.  These relationships are critical to ensuring a child’s success each academic year, and no matter the context or barriers faced by the families or teachers themselves, all involved generally want the student to improve academically and personally.  This is especially great for new teachers to remember as they’re trying to establish themselves professionally, but seasoned teachers can also benefit from remembering or sharing these four simple tips.

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The Key To A Smooth Year!

The Key To A Smooth Year!

What is one thing that make or break a classroom? The answer, procedures! The first two weeks, perhaps even longer, need to be spent teaching your students classroom procedures. It is vital that students know what is expected of them in your classroom. So, what is important to you?  How…

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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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Back To School Games

Back To School Games

It’s August first and teachers across this country are in an excited panic for a brand new school year! One of my favorite things about teaching is having the opportunity to start over each year. New ideas, new classroom setup, new activities, new EVERYTHING! I find it exhilarating! This year,…

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Before You Panic: 5 Steps Before You Seek Help For Your Child At School

Before You Panic: 5 Steps Before You Seek Help For Your Child At School

A frustrated, upset child, or child with learning difficulties.

Do you have a child struggling in school, work, or social situations?  Parents–myself included—often worry about what to do, where to go, and who to listen to for sound advice.  From my experience as a teacher and as a mom, it can be frustrating when you’re in that limbo period.  I’m going to share with you some tips to help you be prepared for making that decision if it’s ever needed.

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