The Engaging Classroom

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    Listening In: The Impact of Adolescent Lit in Teacher Research

    I do not remember how many times I have been hit in the head, but a good round of Primus Hoops allows the voices of my students to rise above the everyday angst and annoyances many teens typically articulate.
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    Let's Talk about Books, Baby: The Beauty of Book Clubs

    Seeking to attract all kinds of readers: eager readers, aliterate readers, reluctant readers, readers stuck in one genre, and even adult readers? Try a Choices Chat or book discussion!
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    Diversity and Engaging the Reluctant Reader

    One of the greatest challenges for a reluctant reader is being able to become engaged in the story. When the reluctant reader cannot identify with a story or cannot relate to its characters, they quickly disengage.
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    Where Did All the Questions Go?

    When I ask a room full of 5- and 6-year-olds if they have any questions, I hear all sorts of funny stories and interesting comments.
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    Teach Math, Business, and More with ‘The Lemonade War’ could you write a story about competing lemonade stands without including math and business?
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    Differentiating: A Reading Achievement Game Changer

    Accommodations...I’m in favor if they support developing the skill of all readers in a class. However...
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    Digital Storytelling Projects Help Improve Reading and Writing

    Every year I research new technological trends that may benefit pupils in K-12 classrooms. This year, one of my topics is digital storytelling.
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    My Favorite Kind of Meeting: Individual Conferences in Action

    My favorite kind of meeting is the individual kind that happens between teacher and student during your writing block...
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    Are Some Books Better Than Others?

    At last year’s IRA conference, Rick Riordan said that as teachers it is our responsibility to get the right book in the hands of the right child.
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    The IT Crowd: Student Tech Leaders Support Innovation and Build Literacy Skills

    This team, the RQMS Student Tech Leaders, is the first of its kind in our district and helps to facilitate current technology integration efforts in our school.
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    Vocabulary Expansion: The "Ize" Have It

    Ours is a wondrously flexible language. Not only does it have more than a million words, with new ones added/created each day, but we don’t frown on such additions or creations.
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    Putting Books to Work: ‘Bear and Bird’

    “Bear and Bird” is the story of an unlikely friendship between a helpless bird and a helpful bear. The book begins with Bear finding a fledgling bird who has fallen from her nest.
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