classroom management

7 Engaging Ideas for Virtual Fun in December

Many have been teaching virtually since the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. Others are switching to remote due to rising Covid cases. Whatever the situation, you might be wondering how you can translate holiday activities into your online classroom. I’m sharing 7 of my favorite go-to activities that I

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Tools to Increase Engagement during Writing Lessons

I’ve seen a lot of teachers ask “How do I teach writing virtually?” 📝 Translating any instruction to online is a challenge but writing seems especially difficult. But with a consistent plan and quality texts to reference, you can and will experience success with your writing lessons.  My advice: don’t

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18 Reward Ideas to Use in the Classroom

One of the things I’ve been pondering all summer is how to translate my favorite elements of teaching in a classroom into an online learning setting–games, reading, rewards. I’ve worked on many ideas for including fun and engaging activities and games during virtual meetings. So, let’s talk rewards. Now, before

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Why I Can’t Do Guided Math

Okay, so my title is a little dramatic. I may have fibbed just a bit.  I can do guided math. I have done guided math. I still do guided math. But I can’t commit to it every day. And so I don’t always teach math the same way. I….wait for it….change

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Setting Up A Writing Center

Preparing a writing center always felt extremely daunting. Where will I store everything? How do I keep it stocked? Am I going to be able to teach students not to blow through all of the supplies? Will they even look at the examples, vocabulary words, writing ideas? Who will keep

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9 Tips for a Talkative Class

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Getting Students to Follow Directions

Getting students to follow directions is one of those teaching struggles that never seems to fade. It may get better or worse from year to year (or even day to day). But while there aren’t any secret recipes to getting students to follow directions the first time, every time (because,

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