True story - small groups are 100% my teaching love language! So when Emily asked, “What are some of your favorite small group must-haves?” I jumped at the opportunity to share. While I can’t list EVERYTHING, I’m going to list my 15 most-loved small group staples. I bet you won’t be surprised to hear that sticky notes are on this list, but what about a laser pointer?! These items can all be found on Amazon or at your local Target/Dollar Tree. As with any supply list, don’t let this overwhelm you. If you’re new to using tools in small groups, ... Read More about Diving Into Your Q&As: What Are Your Small Group Must-Haves?
I have trouble with getting my students to sit for extended periods of time and accomplishing their goals. How do you help students increase their stamina when it comes to independent reading and writing? This question comes from Craig and I’ll bet many of you have the same one! Here’s one thing I know for sure. Stamina takes time! So, give yourself and your students some grace. Tune in to hear my favorite strategies that I have used with students in second through fifth grade. Whether you implement these at the very beginning of the year, or ... Read More about Diving Into Your Q&As: How Do You Help Students Increase Their Stamina?
Today we have a question from Shelby! Shelby asks, “How do you help kids who just want to finish writing as fast as they can and do not want to add any details because of the time it takes?” Just like Shelby, we all have those students in our writing block who say “I’m done” before most kids even have their name on the paper! Few things are more frustrating than watching students who rush through their writing without implementing the skills that you have worked so hard to teach! I’m sharing 10 strategies to help with motivation and getting ... Read More about Diving Into Your Q&As: What Do I Do When My Students Rush Through Their Writing?
Picture this: you are in the middle of a well prepared mini-lesson and it’s going great. When the time comes to start a written response, all of your students get started right away working on the exact same assignment and moving at the exact same pace. Hah! That would be nice, right? The reality is, it’s far more likely that you will have students at all different levels. The solution to this challenge is to differentiate your instruction. But how? This week’s question comes from Karina! Karina wrote, “I struggle with differentiating. I have ... Read More about Diving Into Your Q&As: How Can I Better Differentiate to Reach All of My Students?
This episode is extra special because our guest is actually a long time friend of mine! Once upon a time, Sara and I even had classrooms right next door to each other. Tune in to hear how Sara and I first met and became teacher besties! Sara is on the show to talk all about how you can create a classroom community who genuinely loves reading. This episode will give you the inspiration you need as you intentionally plan for the upcoming school year. Standards and assessments are important, and part of our job, but first we need to determine ... Read More about Creating a Classroom Community That LOVES Reading with Sara Marye