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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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Never Forget: September 11th In The Classroom

Never Forget: September 11th in the Classroom

9-11 Memorial in New York City

Do you remember what happened at 8:46 AM New York Time on September 11, 2011?  It’s one I’ll never forget.  I was in high school at the time in a career exploration class (wearing a New York skyline shirt) and our teacher turned on the television to show us what was happening.  It was both shocking and surreal.  Many emotions ran through my mind as we stopped the lesson and began focusing on what the events surrounding that day really meant for our lives and for those behind us.  Fast forward several years and we are still living with the consequences that resulted from the events in New York, at the Pentagon, and on United Flight 93.  Many of the youth in our schools were either too young to remember or not even born yet, so how do we teach about such a tragic event in our nation’s history?  Here’s three ideas you can try during this week:

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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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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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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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More Than A Day Off: 3 Ways To Kick Off Labor Day In Your Classroom

More Than A Day Off: 3 Ways to Kick Off Labor Day in Your Classroom

When most think of Labor Day, the thoughts of summer’s ending, that last dip in the pools before they close, parades, barbecues, and relaxing often comes to mind.  These are great ways to celebrate the holiday because it was designed for workers to enjoy time off work as well as remember the history of and the ongoing fight for workers’ rights.  Check out these tips below to find ways of celebrating Labor Day in your class so students will know it’s more than a day.

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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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Lego In Literature

Lego in Literature

Its that time of year again, when I'm picking up Legos off the floor and packing up my school bag. From SAHM to working mom, all in one week. But this year, I'm excited to bring some of those Lego lessons with me. I've done some research on using Lego…

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