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The Engaging Classroom

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    Don't Tell Me Kindergartners Can't Do That!

    In today’s era of pacing guides and continuums developed to complete a set number of skills in a set number of meetings—regardless of developmental milestones—kindergarten teachers are faced with the ongoing internal debate of what is appropriate for 5-year-olds and what is expected.
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    The Why and How of Writing Groups

    Each semester, when I announce to my students that they will be in writing groups, I see the same fearful eyes and frustrated faces.
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    Motivation, Gratitude, Interventions, and a Yellow Lab

    I will be forever grateful to Danny Dog for motivating many of my first grade friends to want to read and write. The Danny series was one of the best investments our district purchased as an intervention/motivating choice for my first grade classroom library.
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    Keeping Those Creative Juices Flowing

    After recently finishing another round of standardized testing, as well as too many district-required assessments that mimic the standardized tests, I am inclined to look for additional ways to make assessments more meaningful and engaging for my students.
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    Alpha Upsilon Alpha: Cultivating Scholars and Developing Leaders

    Four inspiring educators show how an IRA Alpha Upsilon Alpha chapter enriches their doctoral candidate experience with opportunities for scholarship, leadership, and service.
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    Dyslexia: An Ounce of Prevention...

    I recently read an article that suggested that children are not learning disabled until they attend school and fail to adequately learn to read and write. The author referred to this as "school-induced learning disabilities."
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    How Ideas Become Books (and Trash Became a School!)

    As a nonfiction children's author I'm often asked, "How do you find new book ideas?" Students are usually surprised when I explain I don't have to look for book ideas—they find me!
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    First-Time Attendee Pens an Open Letter to Those Not Able to Attend IRA 2014

    This was my first year at the IRA conference. There are a lot of reasons why I didn't go before, but, mostly, there was this: it felt like a lot of money, and I didn't know anyone else who was going.
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    Maximizing Your Conference Experience

    You’re off to a big conference and you know it’s gonna kick butt! Great speakers, diverse workshops, lots of people geeking out over things you yourself love to geek out about.
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    Engage Students (and Entertain Them a Little, too!)

    "I am not here to entertain students. I am here to teach them to learn specific content and skills," commented a teacher in a workshop we were conducting. Imagine her surprise when we agreed with her!
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    Unlocking the Power of Informational Text: 5 Creative Ideas for Motivating Students

    The Common Core Standards call for a substantial increase in the sheer volume of informational texts students read. This means we need to put into action creative ideas for motivating and encouraging all our students to read more of the "real" genre.
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    Song Lyrics Remixed: A New Twist On an Old Trick

    For decades, teachers have incorporated song lyrics into their instruction. Most often, the intent with song lyrics is to "analyze meaning." But what hasn't already been done with song lyrics? Here is a new twist on an old trick.
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