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Research-Based Reading Comprehension Instruction

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Research-Based Reading Comprehension Instruction

Reading comprehension is one of the most important skills we will teach our students. As the Texas Education Agency wrote, "Without comprehension, reading is a frustrating, pointless exercise in word calling." Without comprehension there is no meaning to what is being read, and therefore no enjoyment. If we can successfully teach reading comprehension to our students, we are setting them on the path to become lifelong readers.  So how do we do that? Through explicit, intensive, and persistent instruction. This means we: Choose reading strategies that closely align with the text our students are reading.  Explicitly teach about that strategy...

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Doodle Art: An Easy and Engaging Art Project

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Doodle Art: An Easy and Engaging Art Project

I have to tell you about my favorite quick art project to do in the classroom. This art project is so versatile it can be used throughout the year! I liked to use this art project during: sick days/sub days weird chunks of time in between assemblies and fire drills during my Fabulous Friday activities (activities for students who had turned in all of their work for the week) during art time during free-choice time Now I know some of you may say that this isn't technically an "art project." We aren't discussing lines, shapes, textures, or perspectives. While I...

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Diverse Children's Books I Love

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Diverse Children's Books I Love

Today I want to share some of my favorite diverse children's books that I love. Recognizing, celebrating, and understanding diversity and representation is extremely important inside our classrooms. One of the best ways to do this is by the use of diverse books inside your classroom library. (The links in this blog post are affiliate links.) 1. Cece Loves Science by Kimberly Dering and Shelli R. Johannes I absolutely love this book. It includes a diverse family while walking students through the scientific process. It's amazing.  2. Love by Matt de la Peña and Loren Long This beautifully illustrated book talks...

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Is Flexible Seating Really Worth the Hype?

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Is Flexible Seating Really Worth the Hype?

Flexible seating has been becoming more and more popular over the years. You almost can't log on to Pinterest without seeing beanbag chairs, tire seats, and couches in classrooms around the world. However, setting up flexible seating can be expensive and time consuming to set up. So is it really worth it? Let's take a closer look.  WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS Flexible seating has been studied over and over again. It shows that "Children who participate in short bouts of physical activity within the classroom have more on-task behavior, with the best improvement seen in students who are least on-task...

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How Using Visual Direction Cards Can Save Your Sanity

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How Using Visual Direction Cards Can Save Your Sanity

Do you ever get tired of answering the same questions over and over again? I'm talking about things like: "Can I used colored pencils?" "Can we work with a partner?" "Where can we sit?" "Where do I put this when I'm done?" If you're like me, then you probably woke up in the middle of the night answering those questions. Well, I have a simple solution that can help save your time and your sanity: visual direction cards.  WHAT ARE VISUAL DIRECTION CARDS? Visual direction cards are physical, visual displays that help reinforce the instructions you just gave students about...

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