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Literature Circles Video by Fifth Grade Students

My fifth graders decided to direct and produce their own information video on literature circles. We were inspired by a video we watched regarding quality commenting from Langwitches Blog that you can view here. The class made up of 18 … Continue reading

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How do you spell….?

I have heard it in Grades 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1; I have even asked the question myself, “How do you spell….?” From day one in the classroom, whether they are asking their teachers or their neighbors, students develop … Continue reading

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An oldie, but a goodie

At the beginning of the school year, I put up four signs on the four walls of the classroom. During the first few weeks, I use these as ice breakers while we get to know each other. I ask the … Continue reading

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I want to be Discussion Director this time!

Literature Circles: A group of students reading a novel and engaging in discussion as they respond to the novel with critical and reflective thought. I have used Literature Circles for a few years now and really enjoy the way students … Continue reading

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The Power of Choice

I have heard many teachers say if they could go back in time and and redo their first year of teaching, they would change a number of things. I think student choice is something I would focus more on if … Continue reading

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The Magic of Mini Dry Erase boards

I have always found my mini whiteboards to be of great value in the classroom, especially when I happen to be in a school without tools such as IWBs or even a sufficient amount of classroom computers. One of the … Continue reading

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A Day in Grade 5

I wanted to share a day’s worth of pictures/videos as a glimpse into my classroom. We start everyday with a student produced wordle for our version of ‘Guess the Wordle”. The students have recently started dedicating them to each other. … Continue reading

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