The finish line is in sight! You’ve made it this far; it’s only a short sprint to summer break. I’ve given you some good advice on how to end your year on a high note. Now it’s time to think about packing up your classroom for next year.
As the end of the year takes shape, I wanted to take a moment to remind us all that it’s important to end your year on a high note. The most patient teachers have shortened fuses, and even the most well-behaved students are prone to erratic behavior as summer approaches. For some, it’s a recipe for disaster. Don’t let this deter you from ending your school year happily! Here are 5 tips to end your year on a high note.
This week I another opportunity to sit down with a preservice teacher and answer some questions about the profession and being in the classroom. Read on for the Q&A.
As a teacher of literacy, I often think about ways content teachers can incorporate reading, writing, speaking, thinking, and listening into their lessons. Here are some reading strategies content teachers can use to increase their students’ understanding of their discipline-specific texts, prior to reading.
Earth Day is April 22. This year I’ve collected a list of my favorite Earth Day activities. I tried to keep my list as diverse…
Reading and writing are related processes. Practice in one area deepens understanding in the other and vice versa. Writing is a great tool for clarifying thinking about reading, and reading strengthens writing ability. Obviously students benefit from reading about writing and writing about reading. Here are a few ideas to get reading and writing connected in your classroom.
I want my students to discover knowledge, participate in authentic activities, and problem solve. I want them to think for themselves. But how to accomplish all this? One great way is through giving students opportunities to work collaboratively in stations.
As a teacher of all things literacy, I’m a big fan of the scripted read aloud. Call it what you will: read aloud, directed reading thinking activity (DR-TA), or directed reading activity (DRA), the purpose is the same. The teacher reads aloud to the student and regularly checks for comprehension, asks high level questions, and encourages students to think deeply about the text.
Human beings comprehend differently. How else can two people witness the same car accident and give police varying accounts of what happened at the scene? One or both aren’t lying! They’ve perceived the course of events differently.
Do you have struggling readers in your class? Do you have students who are unmotivated to read? Do you teach students who could benefit from improved fluency and confidence in reading? Reader’s Theater is a very useful tool to get your students reading and enjoying it too.