Thoughtful, Thankful and Thrilling Writing Prompts for Thanksgiving


Tweet With Thanksgiving around the corner, of course we need to stop and think about all the things we are thankful for.  Having students create crafts and pictures of turkeys makes for fun activities and there’s always the wonderful writing prompt: “What are you thankful for?” But there are other things students can write about […]

Blackout Poetry and Summarizing


Tweet I taught a lesson on summarizing text in my class yesterday. We did it a pretty traditional way using a great program my fourth grade team purchased that focuses on differentiating the teaching of the reading comprehension strategies.  (Comprehension Strategies Kit by Sundance) The class and I looked at a short fictional text and […]

It’s Future Day!

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Tweet Today I smiled all day.  It’s the 30th anniversary of the day Marty McFly goes to the future – October 21, 2015.  I woke up excited and knew I would have to share the love I have for the Back to the Future trilogy with my students! I started by adding some fun images […]

How Design Can Impact Learning – Info Graphic


Tweet Sometimes you can glean interesting information and ideas to consider for your classroom through an info graphic.  Enjoy this info graphic about classroom design and add your own comments below.  

Music and Learning: Why Teachers Should Consider Music in the Classroom

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Tweet Countless research studies have shown us that music causes a wide range of psychosomatic effects to our bodies. It can be helpful in dealing with chronic pain, reduce blood pressure or even boost our immunity. At some point music caught the eye of psychologists examining human cognitive capabilities and learning. Consequently, music was unveiled […]

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Developing Fine Motor Skills: The Key to Writing


Tweet Today’s guest post about fine motor skills is a great reminder that we should focus every so often on the basics to make sure our students are really understanding the fundamentals about writing.  It’s not just about the content or the style, but also about the skill or writing.  ~EMP Learning to write effectively […]

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Grasping a Teachable, Musical Moment to Write


Tweet Sometimes you have such a teachable moment and you just have to go with it.  That’s what happened the other day during my class’s Active Listening time at snack.  Each day my students and I listen to music – one piece per week.  We listen, discuss and learn about music and how music is […]

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3 Helpful Tips for Teachers to Diffuse Tension in Angry Parents


Tweet With parent conferences just around the corner for many schools, we thought this would be a timely article for you.  Enjoy!  ~EMP Being a teacher comes with many responsibilities, among them the task of dealing with unhappy parents. While many parents are willing to bend over backwards and work with the teacher to help […]

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How to Inspire and Educate Students


Tweet It’s important to take the time, now and again to refresh your classroom and give yourself the chance to be inspired so that you can be inspiring to your students.  That’s the motto around here!   Today, guest blogger, Nancy Parker, gives a few ideas to do just that!  ~EMP Many teachers wish to inspire […]

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Ways to Complement Classroom Lessons

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Tweet The internet has many valuable resources for teachers and students.  Here are some great ideas for complementing a lesson or activity you already do with your students.  Consider a lesson that could use some sprucing up or needs a touch of something to liven it up (I know I can think of a few […]

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Excite Young Writers with Blogging


Tweet Blogging is a form of writing and for young writers, AKA our students, it can be an exciting venue to express their thoughts and complete assignments! I experimented with student blogging at the end of last year in June.  Yes, it was the last month of school and I went ahead with the plan.  […]

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5 Tips for Engaging Students in Creative Writing

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Tweet Upper elementary, middle and high school writing teachers will enjoy today’s guest post.  Jot down some ideas, try them out and let us know how they go! ~EMP Creative writing can be a fantastic way to improve students’ communications skills. Most students have an innate desire to create, and everyone benefits when teachers tap […]

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Memory Bags and Storytelling


Tweet In the first week of school this year, I asked my students to create a “Memory Bag” and now the students are creating great stories out of the objects they have collected.  The idea came from an article in a recent Responsive Classroom newsletter. A Bag of Memories I began by using objects in […]

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Knowledge on the Go: Insightful Podcasts for Educators and Students


Tweet This is a great post for teacher who simply love learning!  Podcasts are readily available to us and Melissa Miller showcases three great places to find some inspiration.  ~EMP Educational tools are thriving across so many different technological mediums; it’s hard not to be excited about it. Tablets and smartphones are making detailed and […]

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