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The Engaging Classroom

    • Putting Books to Work

    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.
    • Teaching in ACTion

    Think Broadly—Plan Thoughtfully: Advice from an Experienced Conventioneer

    Michael Henry gives advice on choosing conference sessions, with examples of his “don’t-miss” events.
    • Teaching Tips

    Does the Common Core Stifle Our Creativity?

    As a third grade teacher, I hear and see similar concerns among my fellow intermediate teachers every day. The new buzzwords are being tossed all over faculty meetings and trainings—close reading, text complexity, rigor, text-dependent questions, exemplar text, etc.
    • In Other Words

    Finding Courage and Resilience in Our Students

    It is the resiliency that I see in many of my first grade students that inspires me and helps me tap into my own courage and resilience to learn, research, and find the most effective practices to make a lasting, meaningful impact on my students.
    • Teaching Tips

    Now, that’s a Yarn! Literacy Learning through Crocheting

    As I crocheted on my own projects I got the idea to teach my students how to crochet, too. I hoped it would be the perfect balm for my classroom of socioeconomically challenged third graders.
    • Teaching Tips

    Building a DIY Classroom Library

    When teaching at a Title I school, funding can be difficult to come by. In some cases, there are needs that simply cannot be met. This often includes foregoing a classroom library. But for me, having a classroom without a library was not an option.
    • In Other Words

    Losing Control to Gain Readers

    Students’ interest in reading starts with less teacher control. I can teach reading, I can guide reading, and I can offer opportunities to read in the classroom. I cannot control or take possession of my students’ reading lives.
    • Teaching Tips

    Publish Student Writing with Flippable eBooks

    I recently attended a technology conference and learned about Lucidpress.com. Lucidpress is a free, web based publisher that includes a variety of artistic, user friendly templates that when completed can be saved to Google Drive.
    • In Other Words

    Making Reading Pleasure More Central to Our Practice

    As long-time teachers, we recognize the power of reading. We know that reading is absolutely essential to people’s success both in and out of school. But sometimes we worry that the power of reading obscures its pleasure...
    • Teaching in ACTion

    Making Connections with Students, Teachers & Community

    Teaching is all about making connections, connections with your students, connections with other teachers, and connections with your community.
    • In Other Words

    Coming to Our Senses: Balance and Creative Learning

    As teachers we get caught up in that rush of many demands, but children and parents will thank us if we can ourselves present a calm demeanor. As educators our job is to step back and find this balance—to give adequate time to each lesson. In some ways “less is more.”
    • Putting Books to Work

    Putting Books to Work: TAR BEACH

    Lesson ideas around Faith Ringgold's book about the dreams of an eight-year-old girl in Harlem.
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