Everyone Has a Backstory

Sad and Lonely

Tweet Be it out in the open, or shut behind closed doors, We all have a story – one that defines who we are how we behave the choices we make. When I looked inside one child’s story the other day I saw sadness and grief. And in another’s there was loneliness And another’s revealed […]

What’s Your Haiku Moment?

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Tweet Haiku is a short poetic form that seems simple, but can be very difficult to write if you want to stay true to the art form.  I have a limited knowledge of the true essence of haiku, but, like many teachers, tend to use it as a go-to form of poetry that students can […]

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Tweet I. Love. April.  It is truly my favorite month to be a teacher.  (April 1st is probably the only first-of-the-month that I find myself totally prepared for…did I just admit that?)  Not only is it about the daffodils and spring, the warm sun and the new, green grass, it’s because it is both Jazz […]

Generate a Little Excitement in Your Classroom

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Tweet Today I felt inspired. Sometimes, I go into a day with a plan and that plan goes “‘bye ‘bye” once the day gets started. I love those days, because more times than not, my students end up getting something great out of my teaching and I get something great out of my students!  Not […]

Classroom Design – A Little Like Starbucks

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Tweet As teachers, we spend 7 (8, 9…) hours each day inside our classrooms, they become our second home. They magically expand with our growing class sizes…nope, just kidding, although I would love one of those expander spells they put on the tents at the Quidditch World Cup in Harry Potter and the Goblet of […]

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Three Key Ways the Brain Learns

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Tweet Enjoy this short, but informative piece about how the brain works.  Using just these three concepts can help mold your teaching.  ~EMP When it comes to how students learn most easily, there are three principles that seem to repeatedly surface. 1. Students progress better in an active, play-based learning environment. This may seem too […]

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Put a Poem in Your Pocket

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Tweet This Thursday, April 26th, is Poem in Your Pocket Day. This is such a fun way to celebrate poetry during National Poetry Month. For this day, you find a poem or write a poem and keep it handy (in your pocket) so that you can read it to anyone and everyone you come in […]

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Where I’m From – Poetry Activity

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Tweet Studying this poem and then creating a sort of copy-cat poem from it is a great activity for your students (and YOU) to do. This poem, Where I’m From written by George Ella Lyon, is a touching one that gives insight to the person who wrote it through the senses and visualization.  From family […]

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10 Artistic Classroom Activities

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Tweet Today’s Guest Blogger is Jan Pierce from Elementary Education Degree.   With the end of the year around the corner, it seems like a great time to try a new arts integration idea.  She provides you with 10!  Let us know if you try something out.  ~EMP With all the studies out that show how […]

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Teacher Poetry

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Tweet Teachers love poetry too!  We should be reading and creating it as much as we want our students to. Last night was a fun 4th grade chat ( #4thchat) on Twitter with other 4th grade teachers.  The topic was poetry and one teacher, Nancy Carroll ‏ @ncarroll24 asked: Does anyone write poems alongside their […]

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5 Reasons to Add Technology to Your Classroom

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Tweet It seems like a simple notion. Technology is an enormous part of contemporary life, why wouldn’t it be incorporated as part of education? But some school systems just don’t appear to grasp the concept. A portion of the problem is monetary – technology is costly. Another portion is the foreignness. The teachers don’t know […]

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4+1 Reasons to Get Poetry into Your Classroom

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Tweet Poetry is great!  ‘Come on, don’t you agree?  Poetry can be sweet and rhyme-y or in-your-face  and raw.  It contains so much passion, so many illusions.  It can tell a story, describe an emotion, explain a situation or throw down the truth.  But how much time do we actually commit to poetry in our […]

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The Poetry Project eResource is Here!

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Tweet Just in time for April (Poetry Month) and as a send out to March (Literacy Month), I’ve finally epublished my latest eresource – The Poetry Project as the first in a series I will continue to add to in the months ahead. The series of books is The Independent Project Series.  The purpose of […]

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Pre-Game Excitement (and reading)

Here's an interesting picture of me, the rockin' 80's teacher from Halloween day.  Yes, we had reading groups on Halloween!  I don't usually dress like this for reading groups.

Tweet Pre-Game excitement – You know what I mean.  You get dressed up, read up on stats, pump yourself up, maybe put on a little rock and roll and get excited about what’s about to happen on the field or court or ring.  So what does this have to do with reading?  Plenty.  Our students […]

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