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Teaching activities, ideas, lesson plans, and more. Whether you are teaching in your living room or teaching in a traditional classroom your role in children’s education is crucial. Kids need us to champion for them, inspire them, and love them. This page offers you ideas and tools to utilize in your learning spaces. Happy Teaching and Learning!

How Can Conversation Stems Motivate and Inspire Discussion?

With the popularity of Number Talks by Sherry Parrish and other resources that discuss higher order questioning as a strategy to increase complexity in our classrooms, question stems and discussion stems have become a necessity to helping younger children begin to understand these types of higher level thinking skills. A great deal of modeling and reflection goes into helping younger children understand the difference between a trivial question and a question that requires more in-depth thinking. Having question stems from which to choose from can guide students to ask more complex questions.

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Close Reading: How to Engage Students in Literature

The idea of close reading seemed silly to me when I heard about it over a decade ago. I literally thought it meant you looked closely at the words. LOL

Sometimes the words we use in education can grate on your nerves. We rarely call things what they are. Why not say a more in-depth look at literature or information. Why do you have to call it close reading? Either way, I have since stopped laughing. I believe a deeper dive into text can be and is a truly magical experience. (I’m still not a fan of the title close reading, but I love the idea behind the words.)

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7 Sensational Halloween Books Every Kid Will Love

It's that time of year again- Halloween! Even though we have seen decorations since August, most teachers and parents aren't really ready for Halloween until around October 25th! LOL {I'm actually guilty of not even putting up decorations yet, and I might skip them altogether this year. Don't judge! My kids are 14 and 18. I promise I will decorate for Thanksgiving.}

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