I had a student my first year teaching who had a habit of waiting for help before making any attempts on his own. He would start a sentence, get to a tricky word. . . and just stop. As I sat by him one day while he read, he got stuck on a word and looked up at me. I… Read More
This book makes a great mentor text for a personal narrative genre writing unit! Kids can relate to Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe and use some of the strategies she uses to revise their writing workshop stories. Read this post for mini-lesson ideas, an anchor chart, and freebie for Show, not Tell! Great for kindergarten and first grade.
Getting kids to love writing can be difficult sometimes, especially if they are struggling writers. It’s normal to dislike something you’re not good at (or think you’re not good at). I dislike bowling because I have terrible aim and usually end up in the gutter. But, I’m sure if I had the patience took the time to learn some tips,… Read More
Writing is hard for many kids! If you run a writing workshop, you know how important it is to have kids writing independently. Yet, there are many challenges kids can have during this time that can lead to frustration and less-than-ideal work! Teachers face a huge challenge when kids aren’t able to work independently during writing workshop, too. If you… Read More
Do your students give up when they approach a long word? Even if it’s a word they can most likely decode, like rabbit or project, some kids get overwhelmed by word length and don’t even try. If they’re not taught how to decode these words, they may even start guessing rather than trying. When kids learn how to break apart… Read More
Get ready for back-to-school with these must-have teaching supplies! Amazon is a great source for school supplies and these are my favorite tools for centers, reading, writing, and organization. #classroomorganization #backtoschool #schoolsupplies
Avoid these 2 big mistakes made when teaching sight words. Read how to teach sight words with 3 key elements to make them stick! Sight words improve fluency and comprehension, especially with beginning readers in kindergarten and first grade. #sightwords #highfrequencywords #sightwordinstruction
Hey there, new teacher, and welcome! Right now, you are probably feeling so many different emotions and have tons of questions. My goal is to help answer some of those questions with this mini-survival tip kit and help make you feel more confident in getting started in this amazing career! Now, I said amazing, not easy! The first piece of… Read More
Kids often mistake SAW for WAS and other similar words. Read these easy tips for how to teach commonly-confused sight words! Your kindergarten and first grade students will love these fun activities to help them master those hard-to-remember high-frequency words.
It can be hard to keep kids away from screens active during this lock-down. Kids thrive with movement, so one way to encourage your students- or your own children- to move is to create an obstacle course, or a sensory path. What is a sensory path? Sensory paths are paths on the floor that have activities for children to interact… Read More