Teach a Holiday Lesson in Multiculturalism with These 5 Holidays Around the World Collections

By |December 5th, 2016|

Holidays can be tricky for teachers to navigate, especially in the elementary grades where many classroom activities revolve around the latest opportunity for celebration.

So how can educators and administrators best integrate holidays into school curriculum? While individual schools and districts will ultimately have to decide what approach works best for them, don’t forget about the […]

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Make Good Choices! Author KA Holt on Writing to Explore Consequences

By |December 5th, 2016|

In my family, it’s a little bit of a joke when I yell, “Make good choices!” as my kids go off to school, or to play with friends. They always shake their heads and laugh, but hopefully my words sink in a little bit. It’s hard to make good choices, especially when you’re growing up […]

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A Classroom Library Quick Reference Guide

By |December 1st, 2016|

“Research proves that access to books and providing students with choices in what they read improves students’ reading motivation, engagement and achievement. A well-curated classroom library offers students the support they need to become lifelong readers.”

–Donalynn Miller
When you build a classroom library filled with engaging books, students get excited about reading. But how do you […]

How One Kansas City Elementary School Used Classroom Libraries to Boost Grade Level Proficiency by 20%

By |November 29th, 2016|

When Principal Ryan Most came to Kansas City’s New Stanley Elementary School in 2012, the school ranked in the bottom 5% of the state. Classroom libraries were outdated, and teachers received little, if any, professional development.

Materials being used were mostly remnants from past basal programs. They targeted below-grade-level readers, and were working for some students, […]

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Top Takeaways from Our Favorite NCTE 2016 Sessions in Atlanta

By |November 23rd, 2016|

“Books are our co-teachers. When we bring books into the classroom we are never lonely.”  @JoEllenMcCarthy, #NCTE16

We’re back—from NCTE 2016, that is! This annual conference, which took place in Atlanta, GA last weekend, couldn’t have come at a better time of year. Over and over, we heard from educators who connected with their tribe, discovered […]

How to Electrify Learning with Informational Read Alouds

By |November 22nd, 2016|

Reading aloud to young children has always been a delight, but I must plead guilty to spending too many years focusing on fiction-based read alouds. I was afraid that informational selections couldn’t possibly hold the attention of my ever-so-wiggly elementary students. But how wrong I was!

Once I began to experiment with informational read alouds from […]

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From Real to Riveting: Great Pairings of New YA Texts for the High School Classroom

By |November 18th, 2016|

As readers, sometimes we have to really work to make connections between two seemingly unrelated ideas. Last year, when I had students read Jason Reynolds’ When I Was the Greatest alongside Elie Wiesel’s Night, they were able to reach a deeper understanding of what it meant to be “my brother’s keeper” than ever before.

(Side note: […]

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10 Helpful Teacher Hacks for Educators Who Need Fresh Ideas

By |November 14th, 2016|

“The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspective.”
–Robert John Meehan
Are you looking for new and innovative ideas for your classroom? Whether you spend each day with a wiggly group of kindergarten students or teach advanced high school English classes, other teachers […]

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Using Picture Books Across Content Areas: Classroom Strategies for Grades K-5

By |November 9th, 2016|

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
~ Dyer 2009
From the very first moment we started working together as math and reading specialists, we intently focused on our respective content areas. As we planned and worked with teachers individually around reading or math lessons, we never quite saw […]

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Exploring Cultural Diversity Through Picture Books About Cuba

By |November 4th, 2016|

As we move towards a global society, the world we live in grows smaller each day. Students need to be prepared for this trend toward globalization. Teachers play a vital role in ensuring that an appreciation for and understanding of cultural diversity is an integral part of every child’s education.

Through literature, teachers have an amazing […]

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