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How to Make the Most Out of Class Study or Work Periods

As teachers, we know we can't spend all of our time lecturing students and then have them complete all their work at home. Having work or study periods is just part of the job. We've all been in classes where "work periods" is just slang for "hanging out" or literally doing anything expect for work.… Continue reading How to Make the Most Out of Class Study or Work Periods

Classroom, Elementary, Fun Stuff, school

13 Awesome Ideas for Class Body Breaks

Not only do kids need body breaks, so do we! I find the best way to get kids really invested in moving (especially when they start thinking they're too cool for awesome stuff like exercise) is to make it fun. I also always participate myself; if you don't, it makes it seem like only kids… Continue reading 13 Awesome Ideas for Class Body Breaks

Curriculum, Life

How Gratitude Can Improve Your Life as a Teacher

If you’re anything like me, I start to feel extremely overwhelmed about a month and a half into the school year. I spend my summers off planning, prepping, catching up on sleep, and dreaming about how amazing the next school year will be. That rush and optimism last the first six weeks or so, then… Continue reading How Gratitude Can Improve Your Life as a Teacher

Classroom, Curriculum, Elementary, school

10 Tips for Teaching a Split Grade Class

When I was still teaching in elementary, June and September always held a lot of stress for me. How many students are registered? How many will register over the summer? Do we have enough for straight grade classes? Is the universe on my side, or does it feel like throwing a stressful wrench into my… Continue reading 10 Tips for Teaching a Split Grade Class

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8 Tips to Set-Up Your Classroom with Different Teaching and Working Areas

If I was not a teacher, I think my dream job would be to design teacher classrooms. I swear, I could spend hours and hours at a time perusing Pinterest for different decor ideas, and I just love creating desginated spots in my own classroom for different activities. When you have designated areas in your… Continue reading 8 Tips to Set-Up Your Classroom with Different Teaching and Working Areas

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7 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Bridging English Language Learners

Bridging English Language Learners are almost at the level they’re completely fluent in English. In fact, many native English language speakers never get to this level! This is great, because these bridging ELL students are basically completely integrated in your classroom and can complete work quite seamlessly with their peers. WORK INDEPENDENTLY At this point,… Continue reading 7 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Bridging English Language Learners

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5 Things Teachers Can Do to Support Bridging English Language Learners

It can be challenging for teachers to support Bridging English Language Learners, as they appear to be very strong. However, they do sometimes still require some supports as they fully gain language acquisition. There are a lot of things teachers can do for these kiddos, many of which we’re already doing for our native English… Continue reading 5 Things Teachers Can Do to Support Bridging English Language Learners

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6 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Expanding English Language Learners

Working with expanding English language learners is tons of fun because there’s so much they can still learn, but also so much they’re capable of now that they’ve built up more skills.  By now, students in your classes will have an idea of routines, they should be fairly well adapted to the school, your room,… Continue reading 6 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Expanding English Language Learners

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6 Things Teachers Can Do to Support Expanding English Language Learners

When our English language learners teach the expanding stage, we often feel they’re strong enough to work independently and do the same (or almost the same) work as their native English peers. However, there is still a lot of learning and growth they have to do, especially around academic language and course content. Here are… Continue reading 6 Things Teachers Can Do to Support Expanding English Language Learners

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10 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Developing English Language Learners

Working with developing English language learners can be difficult. They often seem to be more competent than they actually are because their casual and functional English skills are higher than their academic skills. They can do quite a bit independently, and often they want to, but they still require a lot of extra supports. I’ve… Continue reading 10 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Developing English Language Learners