My Classroom (blog)

10 questions to ask the teacher next door

What is your friend doing next door in Reading Workshop?   So many times we stay isolated in our ...

Three great FREE reading activities to try

Are you familiar with the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR)?    They have done incredible work making ...

What is a vowel?

    Pop quiz time:   What’s the difference between a vowel and a consonant?   Do you know? ...

My Why

What’s your WHY?   Have you seen this Ted Talk by Simon Sinek?   In it, he explains ...

Same Same but Different

  My friend went on a mission trip to Thailand when we were in college and came back ...

How to Introduce Sight Words in 7 Easy Steps

Speak to any elementary teacher about reading and shortly into the conversation, you’ll hear about the importance of ...

Why do so many readers struggle?

Main Reasons why Students Struggle in Reading Quick quiz: What skill do struggling readers need the most? sight ...

The Printer that Saved Me

Okay, I’m exaggerating.  But my life as a teacher did immediately improve once I got an HP Instant ...

Getting my Mojo back

  I’ll admit it.  I had lost my mojo a bit, baby.    Getting put back into the ...

Data Wall

  “Teachers, district level personnel will be coming to inspect your classrooms.  One of the things they’ll be ...