Thinking Critically in an Upper Grade Elementary Classroom

Ya’ll, I’m just going to be honest here and say this is something I struggle with ALL.THE.TIME! I am always looking for ways to get my students to think critically and not only answer higher DOK level questions, but to actually be able to ask them.   Each day we have book shares in my classroom. This is where a student gets up in front of the classroom and shares a book they are reading or one they just finished.…

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2016-2017 Classroom Tour

I can’t believe that this year starts my 10th year teaching. As I’ve been teaching, the style in which I teach has changed as well as my classroom. This year is probably my most favorite. I went simple with…

Reading Workshop in the Upper Grades

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…