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Category Archives: Language Arts instruction

Are We Asking Stupid Questions?

Now that I have your attention…As teachers and/or parents, are we asking questions that really don’t allow for inquiry or research based answers?   I know that I often ask … Continue reading

March 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Writing Friendly Letters for Lower Elementary Students

We know how many students are using email and Word to write and correct their letters.  So, why even teach how to write letters in the “old fashioned way?” “Nothing … Continue reading

February 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why Should You Read to Your Middle School Students?

Yes, most students in our Middle Schools can read and are probably not ESOL Level 1.  Do you also agree that pre-school children should be read to on a daily … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Is Poetry a Dying Art in Elementary School?

It’s been my recent experience that elementary level of school doesn’t acknowledge that poetry is a wonderful use of our language and is so full of symbolism and heart.  I’m … Continue reading

January 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

5 Ways Reading Helps Increase Standardized Test Scores

Being a teacher from “old school,” I’ve always known that once a child begins to read for enjoyment and then for learning, their test scores will automatically rise.  It just … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Are you tired of Spelling tests that really don’t make any difference?

Are you one of thousands of elementary teachers who give Spelling tests almost every Friday and still have students who misspell the same words again and again?  Are you also … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Top Ten Stalling Techniques Kids Use to get out of Schoolwork

I know that many of you are beginning to think about the advantages of homeschooling and/or keeping your public school students on task during homework time. The following post by … Continue reading

July 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Top Ten Favorite Books from Childhood

According to the Harris Poll mentioned in the Lifestyle Magazine of Daytona Beach and New Smyrna, FL, these are the Top Ten Favorite Books from Childhood: 1. The Cat in … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Free Creative Writing Lessons K-8

Are you running out of ideas to teach your students how to compose and edit writing in areas such as opinions, compare/contrast, writing a book review, etc.?  As a former … Continue reading

December 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

How to Develop Students’ Vocabulary?

One of the many challenges of teaching students is how to develop and raise their level of vocabulary.  How can we get them to use these Reading Vocabulary words, for … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

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