In order to teach students grammar in a meaningful way, it must be taught through their writing. In this latest addition to my TpT Store, I have created Grammar Tasks: Building Strong Paragraphs, and it tries a different approach to teaching grammar. Start at Application Students are given a Cheat Sheet and a rubric so … Continue reading Grammar Tasks: Building Strong Paragraphs
When I was in the classroom, we had to turn in a sub folder at the beginning of every year. This caused me great angst. What should I leave in it? When would I need it? I didn't want to leave busy work, but to leave something in a folder for an "emergency" was far … Continue reading Got Sub Plans?
The first time I learned about The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3, I was horrified. To confirm that the achievement gap starts well before a child can even make it to kindergarten is heartbreaking. What's more, teachers receive much of the blame for under-performing children, and not nearly enough resources to combat the … Continue reading The Power of Vocabulary
Direct vocabulary instruction was an instrumental part of my daily instruction. Used for homework, stations, and bell ringers, I intentionally taught students words and required that they use them on a regular basis. Here are two different schedules for instruction: Daily Instruction Block Scheduling Once the schedule is complete, the breakdown is as follows: Day … Continue reading No Prep High School Vocabulary Activities
I have always found great appreciation for a thought-provoking quote. In fact, I can remember having great discussions in class about quotes from whichever novel we were reading. Sometimes I would provide the quotes, and other times I would require students to find their own meaningful quotes. What was most interesting about the process was student … Continue reading Critical Thinking: Analyzing Quotes
Task cards are a great way to break up the monotony of worksheets. In fact, depending on the set-up of the task cards, teachers can offer personalization and student choice all while using the same cards over and over. Product: Common Core Critical Thinking Task Cards What's Included - 47 Common Core Aligned Constructed Response … Continue reading New Product Alert: Common Core Critical Thinking Task Cards