Entering into my 6th year of teaching has me reflecting a lot on what works and what doesn't work in my classroom. Unfortunately, the past two years at my new school have proven unsuccessful..... according to state and district standards. Putting aside the "standardized test," my students have made great gains and have been wonderful… Continue reading Creating a Literacy Rich Classroom
Before this year, I would often introduce a text to students by saying one or two sentences about it, doing a picture walk, and jumping into reading. After taking my MRT course, I now know that pre-reading plays a huge role in students comprehension. We should think of comprehension as an inverted pyramid. At the… Continue reading Pre-Reading is a must!
By: Amelia Nolan If there is one thing I’ve learned about fourth graders these past few years it’s this: they need help staying organized. Every once in awhile I’ll see a student who’s desk is cleaner than mine could ever hope to be, but for the most part, children face some difficulty keeping their belongings… Continue reading Interactive Math Notebook