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3 Great Ways to Engage All Students




Many teachers (myself included) often fall into the rut of the traditional method of questioning students and checking for student understanding.  Traditionally while teaching, teachers will pause instruction, pose a question, and then choose an eager student with their hand waving in the air to respond.  While there is nothing wrong with this method, it fails to hold ALL students accountable for their learning.  This traditional whole class questioning method has never been able to show me that all of my students are with me and engaged in the learning process.  I want to know I am reaching them all! 


Because of this, I wanted to look for ways to promote equity in my classroom by allowing and even requiring all students to participate, answer, respond, and demonstrate their learning.  Here are three techniques I use in my classroom. 

6 Great President's Day Ideas for Upper Elementary



Well, February is flying by! Tomorrow is the day of love (or heartbreak) and President's Day will soon be upon us.  Being an upper elementary teacher, I know that by the time kids reach 4th or 5th grade they think they know everything about President's Day (or at least about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington) and all the cute craftivities and plays that go along with it.  This is exactly why, last year, I had my students each research a different President and record their research on a research pennant.  The kids were amazed to find out things about many of our U.S. presidents that they did not know.  We took all of our pennants and hung them out in the hall to show off our research!  The kids had a blast and it was a welcomed change from all the "George" and "Abe" they have seen since pre-K.  Here are some other great ideas for helping your upper elementary students celebrate President's Day.  

Figurative Language (In a Snap!)



How do you launch your lessons on figurative language? Figurative language can sometimes be difficult for students to grasp in their reading and even more difficult for to incorporate them into their writing.   I have found, for my kiddos, that they need exposure early and often throughout the year to become comfortable with using all types of figurative language as they develop as authors.  

100th Day of School {Giveaway}



Every year for the 100th day of school I like to read  the book Because of Mr. Terupt y Rob Buyea. My students love it and beg me to continue reading.  Told from a first person point of view by a number of his different students, this book is the story of Mr. Terupt and his first year teaching 5th grade in a new school.  The chapters are very short (usually 1-4 pages) and the student telling the story changes with each new chapter.  


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