Inspiration Page

I have attended quite a few professional development conferences and lectures recently where the subject of idea generation has come up with regard to young writers.  I know in upper elementary it is quite common to have idea lists, and this is the suggestion that I usually receive.  However, with kids that are JUST learning […]

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Letter Sorts Made Easy

Again and again I am reminded how valuable letter sorts can be.  My school’s literacy coach uses them frequently with struggling readers, and I see reading intervention coaches in all of our buildings with those beautiful walls of organized magnetic letters, using them to help students build fluency. The thing is, I can’t organize my […]

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Chance Meetings

Do you ever feel a bit like a celebrity?  Being a kindergarten teacher is a very special role.  That FIRST teacher (at least at “big kid school”) seems to hold a special sort of mystique.  Where a high schooler might be embarrassed or hide if they ran into a teacher in public, to a kindergartner, […]

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Teaching with Table Signs

I started using my table signs as teaching tools around this time last year.  With so much to teach, and so little time, I was looking for a way to reinforce and review tricky concepts without using a huge amount of teaching time.  Table signs were the answer. Students must hear (and see, and write, […]

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Games Galore!

Something got me really fired up about board games again this week.  I made the realization sometime last year that I should stop buying “educational” board games, and stick with tried and true best sellers.  I started looking at traditional favorites in a whole new light, and discovered the multitude of educational opportunities in many […]

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