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5 Chapter Book Series That Turned My 3rd Graders from Reluctant to Ravenous Readers (with a Freebie)!


Third grade teachers spend a lot of time guiding their students towards being independent readers. Some of our friends come to us with an intrinsic love of reading, and would love nothing more than to curl up in a cozy corner of the classroom and read all day. However, there are other kiddos who find reading about as exciting as going to the dentist. What do you do to get ALL your to love to read?

Why You Should Use Scavenger Hunts in Your Classroom


Looking for a way to keep your students engaged and on task while practicing their reading and writing skills? Why not try out a scavenger hunt! My students always love them, and I love any activity that makes reading seem FUN. Read on to find out more about why you should use scavenger hunts in your class, as well as a few tips for setting up a successful one!

How the Joker Almost Got Me: A Reflection After Reading The Wild Card



Like much of the teaching world, I eagerly counted down the days until Hope and Wade King's "The Wild Card: 7 Steps to an Educator's Creative Breakthrough" was released. I even ordered a physical copy, something this Kindle-loving lady does very rarely (if you want to get your hands on your own copy, make sure to read all the way to the end of the post)! There's some books that just beg for highlights and sticky notes, am I right?

Teachers are Learners: My Thoughts on Disrupting Thinking


Don't get me wrong: I love Target runs, naps, and working on my tan during the summer as much as the next teacher. I do, however, try to make sure to fit in time to learn ways to improve my teaching practice even more, so that I'm ready in the fall with some new ideas! Since I'm always on my students to make sure they are actively seeking out new knowledge, I should practice what I preach, right?

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