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10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Students

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Students

The holidays are a perfect time to surprise your students with a little gift. It shows them that you love and care about them and that you are grateful to have them in your room. I've compiled a list of ideas you can use to find the right idea for your room.  1. Books. Always a good idea. You can stock up on the $1 books from Scholastic or use bonus points. 2. Reindeer Lollipops. Give your kids a sweet treat with these cute reindeer lollipops. You can get the reindeer lollipops printable you see below for free! Either we can email...

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The Student Teacher Strategy

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The Student Teacher Strategy

The Student Teacher Strategy is a simple management tool you can use to cut down on interruptions to your teaching time, build self-confidence in your students, and foster a community of problem solvers inside your room.  It can sometimes feel like we are constantly being interrupted by our students with questions or that there are too many students who need some help and not enough time to reach them all. After teaching a lesson or completing an assignment, pick a few (1-3) students to become the "Student Teacher" or "Expert". These are students that you know understand the task and...

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Guided Reading Blueprint: 9 Steps to Creating Independent Readers Part 3

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Guided Reading Blueprint: 9 Steps to Creating Independent Readers Part 3

Ready for part 3? Keep reading! (Missed Part 1 and Part 2? Click on the links to read them.) In parts one and two of this blog post series, we discussed how to prepare for guided reading, and how to properly facilitate independent reading during guided reading. In this final post, we'll talk about some activities that support guided reading instruction, and how to use what you've learned about your students to plan for future guided reading.  use the last few minutes of your time together to fo 7. ENGAGE IN LETTER OR WORD WORK After your guided reading group...

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10 Tricks to Try With a Chatty Class

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10 Tricks to Try With a Chatty Class

Are you ready to pull your hair out because your kids WON'T. STOP. TALKING? You are not alone. I've got 10 ideas to help you.  If you like these ideas, don't forget to grab the FREE Printables that go with this post. We can email them to you, or you can download them from the 'Files' section of our Create-abilities Teacher Community Facebook Group. If you haven't joined the group yet, it's a great way to stay up-to-speed on everything Create-abilities, including product announcements, sales, freebies, live broadcasts, giveaways, and more! 1. Code Word of the Day You might have seen me talk about this strategy...

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Guided Reading Blueprint: 9 Steps to Creating Independent Readers Part 2

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Guided Reading Blueprint: 9 Steps to Creating Independent Readers Part 2

(Missed part one? Catch up here!) In part one of this blog post series, we talked about grouping students for guided reading, selecting an appropriate text for each group, and how to properly introduce the text. In this post, we'll get into what to do next, and how to help your students gain as much value as possible from reading the selected text. Let's dive in! 4. OBSERVE AND INTERACT WITH STUDENTS After introducing the text, it's time for your group to start reading. It’s crucial that your students silent read or whisper read during this time. If you are...

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