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 […]

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 […]