The Simple Behavior Intervention Plan Tip All Teachers Need

Writing a behavior intervention plan can be a daunting task. With complicated grids and checklists, it can be hard to keep track of things as a teacher. Is this type of behavior management plan most likely to work with our students? Here’s one tip you should know before going to that next meeting about a student’s challenging behaviors!

3 Easy Steps to Launch Independent Reading in your Classroom

In the early elementary school years, early literacy is a strong focus. Our goal as educators is to build strong, fluent, confident decoders and readers. We want students to build stamina and engage with books for much of the literacy block. You can do this with first graders starting on the very first day of school! Independent reading is seen by some educators as a waste of time, just page flipping. I even had an administrator tell me that half the students in any given class would likely have their books upside down during this time. With an organized and […]

5 Simple Steps to Write the Perfect Summer Letter to Your Students

I LOVE writing summer introduction letters to my elementary students! At first I was so overwhelmed by all of the possibilities. I wondered… Should my letter be addressed to the student, the parents, both? Should I spend time writing about my background as a teacher? Should I include anything about my family? Now more than ever there are questions like:  Should I send the letter digitally, or in the mail (in my experience kids REALLY REALLY love getting mail). One thing is for certain building those school-home relationships is invaluable and you’ll want and need families as your partners in […]

5 Fantastic Tips for Starting the School Year with Strong School-Home Partnerships

Back to school time is full of fun, excitement, and nerves for students, parents and teachers. We all get a little bit of the jitters! The beginning of the year is a wonderful time to establish warm and connected relationships with the families of your students. I was surprised to recently read in a social media group I am part of that teachers were encouraging each other to have the least amount of communication as possible with parents because it was easier. I was so disheartened, but I just know if teachers and parents both want the best for children, […]

How to Plan for Small Group Reading Instruction : An Easy to Follow Formula

At the start of the school year there seem to be so many assessments. It feels like a relief when your students are ready for small group instruction. I remember my very first year teaching wondering what in the world I was supposed to do during that time. My school district used a guided reading approach, but I noticed that many teachers spent an entire session doing picture walks and guessing about what was happening in the story. I also noticed that there was very little phonics instruction during the reading process. I had a feeling I could organize my […]