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Make Spelling Practice Engaging with a Spelling Choice Board


Stuck in a spelling rut? A few years back, I was too. My students were bored with our spelling routine- and quite frankly, so was I. I was spending way too much time hunting down homework assignments, and my class's spelling grades were subpar at best. All that changed when I mixed things up with a spelling choice board!

Back to School Activities for a SUPER First Week of School


The first week of school is hectic for new and veteran teachers alike! How can you make it less stressful? With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can get ready to have a super first week of school!

Calming Watercolor Classroom Decor

With so many fun classroom decor options available, it's hard to pick just one theme. However, before you start decorating your classroom, it's important to take into account the needs of your particular group of learners. While some students are able to work in a bright, neon-filled classroom, other students may become overstimulated. You can keep your class stylish and on trend without being overwhelming withthis calming watercolor classroom decor!


Increasing Student Accountability with Reading Response Menus!

Expectation: teacher spends 20 blissfully uninterrupted minutes with each reading group while the other students complete their independent reading tasks to fidelity.

Reality: teacher spends 18 of the 20 minutes monitoring the activities of students not in the reading group.

Result: students don't get quality independent reading time in during the school day, and their comprehension skills suffer.

Sound familiar? Trust me, I've been there before. However, things changed once I introduced reading response menus to my reading block.

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