Teaching My Friends!
By the time my friends reach 4th and 5th grade, there are some things that should be non-issues. There are some things I should not have to spend instructional time on. Basics. Thus was born the No Excuses list. Each year, after the first couple of weeks of school, I do a quick intro to the No Excuses list. This is a chart of things that, by the time they get to 4th or 5th grade, a student can reasonably be expected to be responsible for doing. Things like starting sentences with capital…
Anchor Charts for Writing
If you would've asked me my thoughts about using anchor charts in the classroom a few years ago, I would've said something along the lines of them being more appropriate in a primary room--not so much 4th or 5th grade. I've come to learn that anchor charts are just as necssary in intermediate classrooms--and may even be more beneficial--than in a primary room! Anchor charts are very big in my school and the students here have learned to look for them in their classrooms over the years. My…
Are you all ready for the chaos that is Halloween? If I'm still alive after a party, sugared up little people, conferences and an awards ceremony, then it may just be one HUGE miracle. Oh..my..word.. I better get some rest this weekend. This week we've been reading some spooky Halloween stories. We followed them up with a cute craft and writing assignment. You can check out our fun below. First we read a few stories with haunted houses. Then we brainstormed what you would see, hear and how…
Why I Use Mentor Sentences to Teach Writing in my High School English Classroom
Improve student writing and grammar without boring drills! Engage students and have fun while increasing writing sophistication with Mentor Sentences,
The Compliments Project | Cult of Pedagogy
If you want to build trust in your classroom, you need to see this video about a powerful activity where students give compliments in an unforgettable way.