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Simple and Engaging Centers for ELA and Math!

By | October 26th, 2017|Categories: Math, Math Related Posts, Reading, Reading Related Posts, Teachers Pay Teachers, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Do you students ever complete center or independent work?  I betting yes. How would you like a chance for children to practice an ELA or math skill AND be able to provide THEMSELVES immediate [...]

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Making the Mini Lesson Meaningful

By | October 10th, 2017|Categories: Lesson Planning, Reading, Writing|Tags: , , |

In my last post I discussed the "Empty Question Trap.”  These are basically questions that don’t have a strong purpose toward meeting the objective. Why are they a big deal? Well, in a mini [...]

The Empty Question Trap

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: Lesson Planning, Organization, Reading, Reading Related Posts|Tags: , , , |

I was talking to a teaching friend of mine.  She was so frustrated with lesson planning and getting it all “in” with the short amount of time she has with students. I thought it [...]

Simplify Planning

By | September 10th, 2017|Categories: Lesson Planning, Organization, Organization Related Posts, Reading, Reading Related Posts|Tags: , , |

Let's talk planning.  Does it take you absolutely forever? I found that even after teaching several years and utilizing TpT, I still spent a long time planning. Partly because I had to meet specific [...]

Simplifying Guided Reading

By | September 3rd, 2017|Categories: Reading, Reading Related Posts, Teachers Pay Teachers|Tags: , , |

Guided Reading has been mentioned by top educators for over 50 years.  Fountas and Pinnell made it a force in education trends in the 1990’s.  Although the concept of guided reading is not new, [...]

Value of a Digit: Making Place Value Meaningful

By | August 28th, 2017|Categories: Math, Math Related Posts, Teachers Pay Teachers|Tags: , , , |

Have you ever been teaching your place value  unit and been feeling pretty good?  Your kids can label the place value chart, build numbers with base ten blocks….and then things come to a screeching [...]

Organizing Guided Math (Place Value Edition)

By | August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Math, Math Related Posts|Tags: , , , |

  Do you use guided math or small group instruction during your math block?  I have done whole group math with the occasional partner game sprinkled in for novelty and a more math workshop approach. [...]