Spoiler Alert: The key to fitting in all the Benchmark Advance curriculum is … you don’t! I’ve been hearing lots of frustration and worry from teachers in my group lately surrounding this exact topic, so I wanted to address it on the blog. I don’t have time!How do you find
“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
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!
My first year teaching, I taught at an inner city school in a community that faced many challenges. There was one issue in particular that affected our students every day on their way to school. Our poor block was lined with garbage and old items that people had abandoned, and
Writing + Community Building = Awesomeness When it was time for me to graduate from the fifth grade, we were told that our culmination theme was “America, the Beautiful,” and that there would be a speech writing contest where the winner could read their speech at the ceremony. I remember
Since learning how to print on post-it notes, I’ve become a little obsessed with creating these cute little guys! I’ve made teeny messages for students, notes for other teachers, annotating stickies, and close reading post-its. The possibilities are endless! However, we all know it’s a teacher’s worst nightmare to jam
Often times when I’m teaching my students how to write a multi-paragraph essay, I find that they can get repetitive when adding their details to their body paragraphs. They also write short, simple sentences that do not provide much detail and therefore are not that interesting. My favorite way to