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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Engaging Readers with Reading – the What, the Why and the How

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Tweet Earlier this week, we brought you Kristina’s piece on Writing. Today she reflects on reading and the importance of establishing a love of reading in our students. She concludes with a perspective on assessment. ~EMP The Story: The success I had last year with the reading intervention program Language! was not simply a result […]

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Writing: When Experience Molds Your Teaching – the What, the Why and the How

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Tweet This week, Kristina Peterson is back with a two part series about reading and writing and how two experiences have influenced hers as a teacher.  You will enjoy these reflective pieces and I encourage you to add your own thoughts too.  First – Writing… ~EMP The Story: Eleven years ago I created a portfolio […]

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4 Tips for Helping Parents Help their Children Read

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Tweet Please welcome Alvina Lopez who brings us a great list to share with parents.  I plan to use this post for Literacy Month by adding a link in an email to parents.  It is our hope you find this useful!  ~EMP Most parents, starting from when their children are very young, become anxious about […]

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