For Teachers

SICK DAY JITTERS Lesson Plan: Building School Wide Community

Experienced teachers know that building community within the classroom is one key to a successful learning experience for their students. A sense of community creates a space where students feel safe taking risks. It helps them work collaboratively with others because the other students are viewed as friends and supporters.  It helps create a sense […]

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SICK DAY JITTERS Lesson Plan: How to Handle Change

Our students want and need consistency and routine.  Knowing that, we try our hardest to provide it for them in our classrooms.  However, sometimes, life happens and the predictability they want disappears.  And although it might be hard for them, learning to handle those unexpected and unplanned events is a life skill. Reading Sick Day

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Four Essential Attributes of a Writer…And a Teacher

I first wrote this essay for an adult writing class I was teaching, outlining what I believed to be the most important attributes of a writer.  However, as I recently reread it, I realized that these attributes – patience, perseverance, reflection, and self-forgiveness – also applied to being a teacher.  Actually, the truth is,  I

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A Helpful Boost for Teaching the Writing Process

“Through the years I’ve learned that the most successful writers are those who have learned to think about their process and reflect on their work.”  Louise DeSalvo When I teach writing, I want my students to see the 5-step writing process as a necessary tool to guide, inform and improve their writing. I want them

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