How to Prep for Testing

How to Prep for Testing

No matter how they feel about state testing, teachers often feel pressured to make sure students are prepared and increase their scores. Although many factors are out of teachers’ control, there are a few easy steps teachers can do throughout the year that will help...
Complete Grammar Units for Elementary Grades

Complete Grammar Units for Elementary Grades

Grammar instruction is an integral part of Common Core and most state standards. Under the language standards, elementary students slowly build their understanding of grammar and mechanics in each grade level. The focus of grammar instruction has moved away from...
How to Teach Essay Writing

How to Teach Essay Writing

Everyone needs a teacher bestie that gives them new ideas. I am thankful to have a teacher bestie who is really good at breaking down concepts for students – and she shares all of her excellent ideas! Recently we discussed our students’ evidenced-based essays....
Improve Evidence Based Essays by Teaching Reading

Improve Evidence Based Essays by Teaching Reading

Citing evidence to support your thesis is hard – but adding analysis of that evidence is even harder.I came to this conclusion after teaching evidence-based essays to upper elementary students. Many students understand how to write a thesis statement or the topic...
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