Setting Goals: Teaching Students to Set Reading & Writing Goals

There is a lot of energy in November. The end of the year is coming, which means that the holidays are around the corner – and that includes spending more time with family and friends and embracing the season. There is a lot for both children and adults to look forward to during these lastContinue reading “Setting Goals: Teaching Students to Set Reading & Writing Goals”

A Few Ways to Make Your Read-Alouds Truly Interactive!

It’s important to make time throughout the day to read aloud to students. Interactive read-alouds are an instructional practice where the teacher reads a book to the students. Often (in non-COVID times), the students are seated on a carpet with the teacher sitting in front of them. Interactive read-alouds can introduce students to the joyContinue reading “A Few Ways to Make Your Read-Alouds Truly Interactive!”

Four Essential Reasons to Include Morning Messages Into Your Teaching

I love Morning Messages! It is a teaching tool that helps set the tone for the day and welcomes the students into the classroom. It also helps establish the routine with the students. Morning Messages are messages or notes that are written to the students. Often they are written by the classroom teacher, but studentsContinue reading “Four Essential Reasons to Include Morning Messages Into Your Teaching”

A Few Thoughts to Consider for the Beginning of the School Year

It’s the beginning of the school year! While this is an exciting time of the year, it can also be a stressful time. It is a time that is busy and there is a transition in routines, so there is a lot of newness to this time of the year. In order to keep theContinue reading “A Few Thoughts to Consider for the Beginning of the School Year”

Creating Strategies for the Elementary Classroom

I have some exciting news! My latest article, Creating Strategies: Designing Lessons for the Elementary Classroom, was recently published in the Montana English Journal. This article discusses the creative literacy strategies that preservice teachers designed and implemented for the elementary classroom. Like many teachers, when preservice teachers enter my course, they want to know whatContinue reading “Creating Strategies for the Elementary Classroom”

It’s That Time of Year – Parent Teacher Conferences!

It’s that time of the year again! The time for parent-teacher conferences. Conferences can be intimidating for both teachers and parents. Teachers tend to be nervous about conferences because they fear how parents will react if they hear something that they disagree with or might not want to hear. However, conferences provide an opportunity forContinue reading “It’s That Time of Year – Parent Teacher Conferences!”

Ideas for Including Teacher-Directed Writing into Your Teaching

After last week’s post, I received a few questions about when it is a good time to include teacher-directed writing into writing instruction. One argument for teacher-directed writing is the standardized tests that students need to take and the need to prepare them to respond to the types of prompts that will be on thoseContinue reading “Ideas for Including Teacher-Directed Writing into Your Teaching”