Getting my Struggling Readers to Thrive in the Content Areas

How do you get your struggling reader to succeed in the content areas? This was my dilemma as a fourth-grade teacher. I was frustrated for my struggling students. They experienced failure in almost every class because they struggled in literacy. I worked hard over the years to get every student to meet my objectives. With text [...]

Boosting Critical Thinking Skills Through Guided Reading

by: Candice Yamnitz HOT stem posters, language objectives with higher DOK questions and lessons plans designed with student thinking in mind, OH MY! In my dual-language 4th grade classroom, we were set! The students were going to be critical thinkers. This eventually did happen with 100% of my students, but it wasn’t the whole group [...]

By | 2017-06-11T21:42:26+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Book Review, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy|0 Comments

Teaching the Environment in the Social Studies and Humanities (and Everywhere Else)

When we get close to the end of the year I like to leave my students with a bit of reflection for the future. In a matter-of-fact and “non-preachy” way, I tell them that the most crucial issue that their generation will inherit is the environment. In fact, despite what students hear from many political [...]

Teaching English with Technology

As a 17-year veteran English teacher, I have seen many improvements and changes in the way that technology is incorporated into the classroom.  Gone are the days of using the overhead projector, of rolling an outdated television set into the classroom, and of feverishly rewinding an old video cassette.   Surprisingly, the days of grading papers [...]