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Understanding English Language Learning Levels

If you're new to teaching students whoa re learning English, it can be daunting to figure out all the levels and what students are expected to do at each. Most school boards recognize five distinct levels for English language development and assess and level students accordingly. I'll be using the following terms to break down… Continue reading Understanding English Language Learning Levels

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Tips for Teaching Students Who Have Difficulty Following Instructions

Hello fellow educators, I’m sure we’ve all had our fair share of students who have trouble following through on instructions from others. In all my years of teaching, it has been very rarely that a student is choosing to be defiant. In fact, even with some of my students diagnosed with ODD (oppositional defiant disorder),… Continue reading Tips for Teaching Students Who Have Difficulty Following Instructions

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Tips to Help Students Understand Written Materials

It can be extremely difficult for many students to understand what they’re reading. Teaching reading comprehension is a major focus in Language Arts as well as other subjects, and it’s something I’m continuously asked about. Trying to read through important information can be hard for students for many different reasons. Perhaps they don’t know how… Continue reading Tips to Help Students Understand Written Materials

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How Teachers Can Use Trello to Simplify Their Lives

Okay, I know this post is going to sound like an advertisment for Trello, but I promise you it's not. I am in no way sponsered by or affiliated with them. I just freaking love how streamlined my life and to-do list is when using them. There's a few other similar services available you might… Continue reading How Teachers Can Use Trello to Simplify Their Lives

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Free Planner Pages for Teachers!

https://view.flodesk.com/pages/602c3fd2e6103d03d7a09cff Hello fellow educators! If you're anything like me, and basically every other teacher I know, you have a zillion (real stats) things going on each day. I have a lot of co-workers ask me how I keep on top of everything and one of my favourite things to do is help other teachers and… Continue reading Free Planner Pages for Teachers!

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Mega List of 71 Things All Teachers Need From Amazon

Okay, the worst part about Amazon is that I'm afriad Jeff Bezos will take over the world. BUT, the best is that you can basically find anything, for a good price, and it will show up the next day. So, that kinda tips the scales for me. I find this particularly helpful when I realize… Continue reading Mega List of 71 Things All Teachers Need From Amazon

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Why You Should Incorporate Gratitude Writing in Your Class

Okay, I have to start this off honestly; I used to think gratitude was BS. Not in the way in which I wasn’t grateful for anything or didn’t recognize how many great things I had in my life, but instead in the recently more “woo” way in which people have “daily gratitude practices” or thank… Continue reading Why You Should Incorporate Gratitude Writing in Your Class

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6 Tips for Using Would You Rather Writing Prompts

A lot of my teacher friends often tell me that teaching writing is one of the things they struggle with most. I totally get this; it can be really difficult to teach kids how to be creative and improve their content. I find that kids also struggle significantly with the editing process - so often… Continue reading 6 Tips for Using Would You Rather Writing Prompts

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Simple Ideas for Teaching Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Hello, teacher friends! One of my favourite books to use in the class is Louis Sachar's Sideways Stories from Wayside School. I LOVE Louis Sachar's writing and the original Sideways Stories is just SO fun and so funny! I swear, I still love all these silly stories as a grown ass woman. One of the… Continue reading Simple Ideas for Teaching Sideways Stories from Wayside School

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Super Fun Handwashing Signs

Hey friends! I don't know about you, but I've still been coming into my school to work. Wandering through the empty halls can be really lonely and weird, but I've decided to use this time to decorate things like bulletin boards, cleaning/organizig things I never get around to, and doing my best to make this… Continue reading Super Fun Handwashing Signs