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“Read to Feed”

June is National Hunger Awareness Month, and while we in America undoubtedly have a hunger issue of our own, in today’s blog we are going to look at world hunger and what we can do as classroom teachers to allow our students to actively make a difference the lives of…

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Content Literacy In Science

Content Literacy in Science

When it comes to literacy,we often think of Language Arts but reading material is all around us. Last week I began discussing content literacy with a focus in math. There are many ways to infuse literacy in all subject areas to help imbed reading education throughout your daily lessons. One…

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Summer Teacher Prep

Summer Teacher Prep

My son's first word was "Fish", because I brought him to my classroom after school got out for the summer, and he was entranced with the fish tank. As a teacher, I was excited to spend more time with my family and relax over vacation, but I was also a…

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Continue Your Greatness!

Continue Your Greatness!

As part of my Good vs Great Teacher series, this week we will focus on Professional Development. ALL great teachers are teachable! Being teachable includes professional development and learning new things that help teachers become more effective. Remember our acronym from last week? GREAT stands for G oes the extra mile R…

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School Gardens

School gardens are a wonderful and exciting way to make almost any classroom curriculum come alive and show “real-life” meaning to students as they learn! Students learn ecological principles and they help children make connections to Mother Earth. A garden can teach students responsibility, to respect nature and to learn to how to work together. Gardens have been proven to help students learn better and enhance test scores, and they can be an engaging way to meet Core Curriculum Content Standards.

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Nuts and Bolts of a Summer Reading Program

iStock_000005034618XSmall.jpgI worry about my students and hope that they will continue to read during the summer.  I have started a “READ” Campaign and hope you will join me.  Each student in my older grades had the opportunity to create a mini “READ”poster.  They will go home in every report at our school!  Whether you are a parent, librarian, or teacher, these ideas will help you with your summer reading program. Let’s get started with some ideas for an amazing individualized program!

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Once Upon A Time…

Fairy tales are full of wonder, magic and enchantment. These stories have stood the test of time and are still relevant in our world and in our teaching of language arts today. These stories help children to find meaning and a message within the story as well as helping them to connect emotionally to a book. Fairy tales belong in the classroom for a number of reasons. Fairy tales engage a child’s unique imagination! Children are wonderful at imaginative play, story telling and creativity. Fairy tales help them to expand their imagination while introducing them to different far off lands, make-believe creatures and exciting characters. They teach children to think critically. They see the consequences of the characters’ decisions and learn that what will happen to them depends on the choices they make. Something that they can take and apply to real life. The choices that are made by the characters and by them will affect the way something turns out. They teach children to deal with conflict with others and within themselves. In many of the fairy tales, children are the main characters who find the hero within themselves to overcome evil.

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