Picture Books that Teach Students Perseverance, Dedication, and Hard Work

Growth mindset is one of the most important values we can instill in our students. Growth mindset teaches that no matter what, we are capable of succeeding with the right amount of perseverance, dedication, and hard work. What teacher wouldn’t want to base lessons on this concept? Inspirational mentor texts are one of the best methods to teach growth mindset, in my experience.

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Picture Books for Point of View

How do you teach point of view to your students? It’s one of the most important concepts we can teach because it helps our kiddos take other people’s experiences, feelings, and life situations into account. In other words, empathy!

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Six Picture Books for Teaching Positive Self-Image

It’s not easy being a kid! Helping our students develop a positive self-image is one of the most important roles we can play as teachers. One of my favorite themed units to teach is “Be Yourself,” where we explore what makes us unique and learn to celebrate our differences.

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Questioning Strategy while Reading

“Flipping” the Read Aloud

“I have come to believe that the person who is asking the questions is the person who has done the thinking.” In a fascinating article about how to “flip” your read aloud, Lester Laminack writes that as teachers, we are doing the heavy lifting by generating the questions for our

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A Collaborative List of Great Read Aloud Titles

I see this question pop up all the time; “What are some suggested read alouds for xx grade?” I decided to create a LIVE Google Slides document where we can all go in and add our suggestions for good read alouds. You can also use the list to get suggestions. As with all things collaborative, remember to give more than you take so that the list can grow into a valuable resource for everyone!

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