Games are Global

I am currently spending an amazing summer break with my family in Europe – Spain and France.  As always when a teacher travels, I find myself constantly collecting ideas and stories to bring back to my classroom.  I was delighted to fall upon this lovely scene early in our trip, in Bilbao, Spain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc2Lj4vChgA&feature=youtu.be For […]

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Playground Debates

My family is on a grand adventure this summer, and yesterday we arrived in Bilbao, Spain.  We wandered the city for less than an hour before happening upon two public playgrounds.  The first was just a couple of swings, but the second….  This playground was amazing.  The photo just captures a small portion of it, […]

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Use Attainable Examples

It can be difficult to find excellent mentor texts for young writers.  It is easy to find beautiful, authored books in any genre we may like, but often these books seem unattainable to our young writers.  They know that the language, words, and vocabulary is just out of their range, if not way out of […]

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