Consistency and Choice: The Core of Good Teaching?

As a teacher I love to read about education, I know, I know it seems sad doesn't it! But, in my defense I love teaching, education, learning and all things connected to it! Whilst I love to read about education I sometimes feel like there is a disconnect between some of the broad theories of … Continue reading Consistency and Choice: The Core of Good Teaching?

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Making Word Work Work

Like many teachers I have taken inspiration for my student centered ELA classroom set up from The Daily Five by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser.  Their premise is quite simple; students are given 5 elements of their learning that they must complete (mostly in self-selected order) each day.  My classroom obviously differs somewhat from their … Continue reading Making Word Work Work

Motivating Readers: Book Talk

Like many teachers I have a couple of students who are reluctant readers; I try to keep them as motivated and engaged as I can using a combination of different approaches that vary from student to student and change over time as needed.  I often use strategies such as praise, positive reinforcement (you've gotta love … Continue reading Motivating Readers: Book Talk