Interactive Read-Alouds for the Primary Grades

I love reading aloud to students! It is truly one of my favorite lessons to plan regardless of the age of the students. Read-alouds are appropriate for any age or grade level – because, after all, who does not enjoy hearing a book read aloud?! However, they are essential if you are teaching students whoContinue reading “Interactive Read-Alouds for the Primary Grades”

Setting Goals for a Stronger Beginning

2020 has been a crazy year and many people are looking forward to the new year as a reset or a clean slate for new beginnings. Even if COVID is still around, turning to a new calendar year brings renewed hope and possibilities. After 2020, some would argue that it is not worth making goalsContinue reading “Setting Goals for a Stronger Beginning”

The Benefits of Using a Paper Planner

The new year is upon us, which means that it’s time to move into a new paper planner! I am a huge fan of paper planners. Using a paper planner helps me stay organized because I am able to keep track of events, appointments, and errands as well as help me regularly monitor my semester,Continue reading “The Benefits of Using a Paper Planner”

Need a Letter of Recommendation? Consider these Tips When Asking for your Next Letter

Chances are, you will need a letter of recommendation at some point in your life – when you apply to graduate school or when you are applying for a teaching position are two examples of when you will need a letter of recommendation from a professor, student teaching supervisor, or cooperating teacher. Below are someContinue reading “Need a Letter of Recommendation? Consider these Tips When Asking for your Next Letter”

Supporting Readers Through Guided Reading: Planning the Second (and Third!) Sessions

Guided reading supports students in becoming more confident independent readers because it is the teaching practice when teachers can show students how to read as well as support them as they are reading independently. Implementing guided reading into your teaching will give you the opportunity and the space to observe students as they read andContinue reading “Supporting Readers Through Guided Reading: Planning the Second (and Third!) Sessions”

Teaching Practice Spotlight: Planning the First Guided Reading Session to Support Readers

I have been asked many questions about guided reading lately, and one reason may be that it is not being taught as it normally would be due to COVID. So, here is a bit of information on guided reading and some of my thoughts on how I implement guided reading with students. Guided reading isContinue reading “Teaching Practice Spotlight: Planning the First Guided Reading Session to Support Readers”

Getting Ready for the Demo Lesson

A demo lesson is a lesson that is planned and then taught to a group of students (or sometimes a group of adults playing the role of the students) for a school who is hiring for a teaching position. A demo lesson is the audition for the job. The administrators and teachers want to learnContinue reading “Getting Ready for the Demo Lesson”