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How To Fit It All In: A First Grade Schedule

One of the most asked questions I get as I present at workshops is, "How do you fit it all in?"  Most of my presentations or workshops focus on interactive read alouds and shared reading, things that are often "left out" of a daily schedule.  While I'm presenting I'm usually reiterating the importance of making room for these in your schedule on a daily basis and participants always want to know how I fit it all in.  Well today, folks, I'm here to show you how it can be done and how not to "leave out" those vital components of balanced literacy. 

St. Patrick's Day Interactive Read Aloud & STEM Challenge

Do you know the book, How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace?  It's the cutest book for March and St. Patrick's Day.  You're going to love it!  Keep reading to find out how to use this book for an Interactive Read Aloud and STEM Challenge your students are also going to love!

Authentic Ways to Use Technology in the Workshop

Using technology is such a great way to engage our students.  Finding authentic ways to use it can often be challenging.  I do not use many commercial apps that just require my students to click.  My goal when I'm using technology is for my students to be able to create, connect and collaborate.  I'm here to share with you how I use technology in my classroom, specifically in the reading and writing workshop.  

Tips for Teachers Returning from Maternity Leave

Hello, all you fabulous working mamas!  I just recently returned from maternity leave for the second time.  I have a 5-year-old and a 1-year-old.  If you're like me, you were dreading returning to work for weeks before you actually had to go back.  As a working teacher mom, there are plenty of us who take maternity leave and have to return after a short time at home.  Now, I wish I could change the way maternity leave works and allow all of us to take more time, but I can't, so I'm here to share some tips to help you get through it.

Interactive Read Aloud: Wake Up, Groundhog!

I'm here today to share with you another Interactive Read Aloud resource in my Teachers pay Teachers store.  As February is right around the corner, so is Groundhogs day.  This fun holiday always catches me off guard being the second day of the month.  Prepare now by checking out >>THIS<< resource.     
groundhog read aloud resource

Shared Reading: Down on the Farm

Shared reading is one of those activities where you can get the most bang for your buck!  Especially in kindergarten and first grade, shared reading makes your students readers.  It teaches so many skills and makes your youngest readers feel like readers.  It turns non-readers into kids who believe they can read. Keep reading to learn all about my newest resource.

What Is Shared Reading and Why It Is So Important

Picture this: you've got a book under the document camera just above the reading level of most of your students.  They are choral reading the book with you and you're stopped by a word covered with a sticky note.  The students are eager to figure out that word to see if they are right.  You work with the students to use vital strategies for figuring out tricky words and each child has an idea of what that word might be.  You slowly peel back that sticky note, read the correct word as whispers of "yes" are heard from throughout the group.  Your students are engaged and learning important reading skills.  This is shared reading!  Shared reading is a necessary activity in all classrooms, especially in primary classrooms.  Keep reading to learn more! 

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