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To teach sight words or not to teach? That is the question. Teaching sight words used to be a given in schools. Now, there seems to be some controversy over should we or should we not directly teach sight words. Based on years of personal experience, I say teach sight words. Let’s face it. Our goal…Read More
“Turn the light out! Put the book away! Do I need to confiscate that book?!” You’d think I was crazy to say those things every night to my kids. Right?! I’m not. This happens regularly in my house. Why? Because my kids are readers. If reading can be so pleasurable, what is it about teaching…Read More
HOPE Have you ever thought to ask your students or colleagues what burdens you can help them carry? We all have burdens. We are hunched over with the effort to carry them. God asks to help us carry our burdens. “Come to me, all you who are weary. For my burden is easy and my yoke…Read More
Make Your Own Cute Labels! FREE! Ever wonder how all these teachers on TPT and Pinterest make their cute labels? Well, here you go- 10 easy steps. Never pay for labels again! Step 1: Go to Canva. It’s free, but you’ll need to sign up. This is a good thing because it will save…Read More
Teaching Reading Strategies with Targeted Reading Instruction Teaching Reading Strategies is harder than it looks. It always seems so easy when you look at all the worksheets on strategies. Unfortunately, it is impossible to effectively teach reading strategies through worksheets. Let’s face it, skills taught in isolation remain in isolation. As Nancie Atwell said, ” A…Read More
” Jay sc- scr-am-ble-d, scrambled, Jay scrambled out of the way,” read Alex. “Wow, you worked hard on that word and quickly reread to check! Does scrambled make sense?” “Yes.” “Does it look right?” “Yes.” “Does it sound right?” “Yes.” “Keep up the hard work.” Great Reading Instruction Making the time to sit with readers,…Read More
11 Self-Care Tips for Teachers 1. Use Your Sick/Personal Days A mental health day is a justifiable sick day. Better to have a mental health day than to be sick for days because you wore yourself out. Look at the calendar and see when your longest stretches are without a break (no Monday off or other holiday).…Read More
Hey! I’m needing some time for self-care here, people. You can’t imagine even saying that, right?! We’re back in the swing of things at schools around the country. Standardized testing is coming up. Grading is piling up, already. Our houses are a mess. Meetings, planning for next year, appointments, more meetings, baseball practice… Feeling stressed?…Read More
7 Tools Every Teacher Needs You know that teacher down the hall? The one whose students make more than a year’s growth every year? Yeah. That one. You can be that teacher. To begin, there are certain teaching tools every teacher needs to develop in order to become a teacher with those mad skills (I mean…Read More
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