6 Books that Encourage Inclusivity in the Classroom

Building Classroom Community through Inclusion It’s back to school time! During the first few weeks, I always spent a lot of time working on ways to build an inclusive classroom community.  Building trust among students (and myself) and creating an environment where everyone was accepted and supported was crucial to our year-long success. One of my favorite ways to begin building our community was through read-alouds and class discussions. 6

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How to Teach Spelling and Phonics Effectively

Teaching Spelling Effectively is All About Resources & Strategy Phonics and spelling instruction… I will honestly say teaching spelling and phonics was one of my least favorite things to do. That was because I was doing it all wrong. I knew it because it was ineffective, and I didn’t know how to teach spelling effectively. I was using the prescribed random spelling lists in my basal reader, which were completely

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6 Ways ClassTag will Make Your Life Easier

Advantages to Using ClassTag as Your Parent-Teacher Communication App My kids have been in daycare for several years now, which means I’ve used a lot of different parent-teacher communication apps. I was lucky enough to be contacted recently by a company called ClassTag who asked me to consider partnering with them. After exploring the app, I was excited to support ClassTag and their mission. This app HAS IT ALL! I

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Tips for Teaching with Lexile

Teaching with Lexile® to Create Successful Readers

Why Teaching with Lexile is Important Using Lexile measures to differentiate and scaffold instruction has a significant impact on your students’ reading. Lexile measures help teachers make informed decisions about text selection to ensure students are both engaged and challenged. Teaching with Lexile measures properly adds a powerful tool that helps students make gains, increase confidence, and meet the demands of Common Core and other state standards. It is important

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Student Success Data Notebook Implementation Tips

Student Data Notebooks Do you want a way to help students become responsible for their learning? Student success data notebooks are the key to teaching students to track their progress and help them have ownership of their learning; however, the thought of implementing data notebooks can be overwhelming. My Experience I first heard about student data notebooks from a partner teacher when I was teaching 5th grade. My partner teacher

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How to Teach RL.2.1 & RL.3.1 Ask and Answer Questions in Literature

How to Teach the Ask and Answer Questions in Literature Standards The 2nd and 3rd grade RL.2.1 / RL.3.1 ask and answer questions in literature standards are closely aligned. Both standards require students to determine what the text says explicitly to understand the key details within the text. The only major difference between these two standards is that the 6 Ws are used as the types of questions in the

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Teaching Common Core Reading Passages

How I Teach Common Core Reading Standards  Many teachers and students cringe when it comes to Common Core reading passages. When thinking about them, their minds immediately go to boring standards based test prep. I’m here to tell you, teaching and learning about Common Core reading passages and answering standards-based questions does not have to be tedious or boring. It can actually be fun and fulfilling! Keep reading to learn

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2nd Grade Measurement

Teaching Second Grade Measurement Measurement is a big topic for second grade. There is a lot that goes into teaching the second grade Common Core measurement standards, and tons of engaging and interactive activities you can use. Here are some helpful tips for teaching your 2nd graders. What First Graders Need to Know Students should enter the 2nd grade with the following skills: Order 3 objects by length. (ex. The

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Teaching 2nd Grade Word Problems

Teaching Word Problems Word problems was one of the biggest units I taught in 2nd grade, and I know firsthand that teaching word problems to 2nd graders can be challenging. But as challenging as it can be, it is also extremely important. Word problems are a key skill for students and should be taught and reviewed throughout the entire year. Before we talk about teaching 2nd grade word problems, let’s

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Fact Fluency

Learning basic math facts in early grades is so important! When I used to teach 4th and 5th grade, math was very difficult for my students that didn’t know their basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division math facts. The same concept is true for younger grades! In second grade, students start working with two and three digit numbers, which can be very diffuclut and time consuming if they do not

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