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”
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 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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
You’ve been invited to interview for a teaching position! Congratulations! Now, it’s time to prepare. It’s important to show that you are a person who is prepared. Here are a few tips to get ready for an interview: Learn about the School Make sure you know where the school is located. For me, I likeContinue reading “Interviewing for a Teaching Position? A Few Tips to Prepare”
It has been a difficult time in life to get things done as there have been many outside distractions. Recently, a student told me that she was experiencing such a high level of stress that she decided to clean her apartment rather than work on her courses or lesson plans. While she had a veryContinue reading “The Benefit of Planning Each Minute of Your Day”
Fluent readers are able to read with proper phrasing and know when to pause when reading a sentence. There was a meme a while back that argued for the importance of punctuation and how it saves lives with its captions reading, “Let’s eat Grandma! vs. Let’s eat, Grandma!” This meme shows the importance of commasContinue reading “Practicing Fluency Through Emojis”
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