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School Thanksgiving Traditions It’s Time To Break

School Thanksgiving Traditions It’s Time To Break

In 2020, when we couldn’t safely gather with our extended family members, my husband, stepsons, and I enjoyed a small celebration. With no one to tell us otherwise, we decided to break with tradition and have a crab boil instead of the usual turkey and mashed potatoes...
Halloween Writing Projects: The Spooky Truth

Halloween Writing Projects: The Spooky Truth

Halloween is almost here, so let me say something that might sound scary. It might be time to drop the Halloween writing project. (Cue dramatic, horror-film music.) I know, I know. Your students love writing spooky stories. They want to write about witches, goblins,...
4 Tips for Gathering Small Groups in Reading

4 Tips for Gathering Small Groups in Reading

When I remember back to my experiences in elementary and middle school with small group work in reading, what sticks out in my mind is that the groups were always organized by level. We followed a tracking process, so each reading group had a name and a text they were...
4 Simple Tips for Choosing Mentor Texts

4 Simple Tips for Choosing Mentor Texts

Think back to the last time you had to write a cover letter for a new job or the last time a colleague asked you to write a reference letter. What was the first thing you did? The first thing I usually do is Google “cover letter samples” or “how to write a reference...
3 Ways To Encourage Student Independence — At School and at Home

3 Ways To Encourage Student Independence — At School and at Home

While you’re probably feeling a lot of excitement around the kids returning to the school building, there may also be some nervousness. You might be worried about how to help your students be successful as they transition into the classroom after a year or more of...
Essential Summer Reading for Educators

Essential Summer Reading for Educators

Summer break is almost here! Whether your long-awaited summer vacation has already started or you’re getting ready to put your feet up, we feel your excitement. With all the lessons and challenges from the last school are fading away, we’re sure it must be a huge...
Start Building Your Digital Writing Toolkit

Start Building Your Digital Writing Toolkit

I hate paper. While I’m generally a pretty organized person, paper is the beast I’m forever trying to tame: I can never find the piece that I want, I run out of it at the most inopportune times, and the piles of it that need filing never seem to get any smaller. It’s...
Essential Planning Tips for the New School Year

Essential Planning Tips for the New School Year

We’re about to wrap up the 2020-21 school year. If this was ever a year to celebrate crossing the finish line — this is it! Congratulations, educator — it’s just about time for you to enjoy a very well-deserved vacation. Whether you do your yearlong planning before...
Setting Kids Up for Summer Reading & Writing Projects

Setting Kids Up for Summer Reading & Writing Projects

Heading into summer is an essential time to support kids’ reading and writing projects. Continuing with literacy outside the school year helps kids develop further independence, opens up new possibilities for them as readers and writers, and continues to build joy...
Ending the School Year on a High Note

Ending the School Year on a High Note

You’ve got no choice, babe But to move on, and you know There ain’t no time to waste You’re just too blind, to see But in the end, ya know it’s gonna be May! (You know, as the meme suggests.) Okay, okay, it’s already the second week of May....