Reading Workshop in the Upper Grades

reading ws in upg

Just because I teach 5th grade doesn’t mean my students are too old for reading workshop! Many teachers have the idea that once a student gets past 2nd or 3rd grade, the workshop model is not appropriate. I’ve been using the workshop model in both math and reading for the past 7 years! When I taught workshop math, my test scores were always above the state, regional area, and district. Reading workshop is a bit more challenging because so many…

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Must-Have Professional Reads for the ELA Classroom

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Do you like to read PD books? I’m a PD guru! The one thing that has made the most impact on my teaching is PD reading. I LOVE reading PD books with ideas and strategies that I can take right back to my classroom! Some of these books have really changed the way I teach and the way I think about teaching. Below each  ‘blurb’ I have included my Amazon affiliate link if you are interested in purchasing the book…

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Teacher Planner & Curriculum Binder

teacher planner blog

Hey y’all! I’m super excited to share my all new 2016-2017 A.DOR.ABLE Teacher Planner & Curriculum Binder with you! I finished it last week, but I’ve kept adding things to it. I mean, I just can’t stop! I think I am done now, and you get both designs in one! How awesome is that? It includes everything you need to plan including divider pages and tabs. For a complete list of what this resource offers, check it out HERE. I am…

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Top 3 Pins & Goals for June

Main Pick 3 Graphic June

Hi there! I am linking up once again for my top 3 pins for June. This time, I’m adding in something for myself! Three goals that I want to accomplish this month. Ready? Here we go! Three goals I have for this month are listed in the order of importance: #1: Hit the ground running with some GREAT new resources. I’ve been so tired with EOY stuff that I haven’t had time to work on ANYTHING! I have a lot…

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May Monthly Reflection

As I get ‘seasoned’ with teaching, I realize just how important it is to REFLECT on things. Not fuss, not gripe, and not complain.. but reflect! As a goal for my new school year that is approaching, one of the things I want to get better at is reflecting (there are others, but you will hear more about them later 🙂 So, I’ve decided to make reflection post at the end of each month. These posts will be both personal…

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End of the Year Teacher Gifts

EOY gifts

It’s difficult to imagine that the end of the school year is here! It seems just like yesterday that we were preparing our classrooms for our new bunch of students. As a mother of two boys, the end of year for me also includes planning great gifts for my son’s teachers. I’ve done a lot of different things in the past, so I always try to do something different each year. These are some ideas I have collected over the…

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End of the Year