As spring fever begins to set in, teaching becomes much more difficult. Students and teachers alike are reflecting on the year gone by, but mostly dreaming of summer. Here are five ways I like to keep … [Read more...] about Five Ways to Engage Kids at the End of The Year
My middle school students struggle daily with the task of identifying unknown words. Students who don't spend a lot of free time reading are especially at risk for lacking vocabulary knowledge. There … [Read more...] about Help! My Students Can’t Define Words Using Context Clues!
“Reading is the skill.” –Doug Lemov, Teach Like a Champion. As kids get older, teachers tend to do fewer and fewer read-alouds. This robs students of a valuable experience and makes them feel that … [Read more...] about Why We Need to Read Aloud to Big Kids
The teacher community recently came together on social media (with the hashtags #readlikeateacher and #teachlikefinland) over Timothy Walker's Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful … [Read more...] about Can America Teach Like Finland?
Flu season is upon us, so I wanted to compile some of my favorite free resources for last-minute sub plans. Everything I've chosen is 100% free and ready to print. These resources don't take a lot of … [Read more...] about Five Free ELA Printables for Flu-Season Sub Plans