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5 Tips For Using Whole Group Instruction Effectively

5 Tips For Using Whole Group Instruction Effectively

Last week, I discussed how small-group instruction isn’t as efficient as whole-group instruction. Both have a place in your teaching toolbox, but the idea that small-group instruction is always best has not been supported by research. There are many articles on best...

Why You Should Use Whole Group Instruction

Why You Should Use Whole Group Instruction

I remember when whole-group instruction became verboten in my district. We were told that no one would be considered highly effective if they didn’t use small-group instruction for the majority of the class. I know some teachers swear by small-group instruction, but I...

Creative Ways to Use Popcorn in the Classroom

Creative Ways to Use Popcorn in the Classroom

Before a long holiday, I always try to wrap up any major units of study so I can plan something fun the day or two before break. While many teachers may choose to show a movie, in all honesty, I've always found movies to be not that engaging for students - and they...

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Creative Ways to Use Popcorn in the Classroom

Creative Ways to Use Popcorn in the Classroom

Before a long holiday, I always try to wrap up any major units of study so I can plan something fun the day or two before break. While many teachers may choose to show a movie, in all honesty, I've always found movies to be not that engaging for students - and they...

How To Make A Unit Plan

How To Make A Unit Plan

Often, teacher training programs focus on having student teachers write lesson plans. It makes sense, because they usually are teaching a lesson or taking over a class for a few weeks with supervision.

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Ancient & World History Teaching Resources

Are you looking for student-friendly resources that will help your students master content from Ancient and World history? My presentations and correlated notes and assessments will make planning a breeze.

Book Reports For Your Classroom

Book Reports For Your Classroom

As I love to read and have many fond memories of books from childhood, it makes sense that read-aloud time was one of my favorite things in the classroom.

Warning Signs Of Struggling Readers

Warning Signs Of Struggling Readers

As students with poor reading skills fall farther behind, they tend to avoid reading, which weakens their skills and compounds the problem.

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  • I believe that students need to be the leaders of the classroom. Even third graders are old enough to be held accountable and to take responsibility for their learning.
  • I do not believe that kids were made to sit in seats. They need to get up and move around.
  • Differentiated instruction is a must. I use guided reading and guided math groups to meet the individual needs of my students.
  • Helping a student to discover their love for reading is a privilege that I never get tired of.
  • School should be fun! We party in my class!