Studying Novels

When I first started teaching, I taught littles - three-year-olds, kindergartners, and first graders. Picture books were my jam. I used picture books to teach everything. Some of my favorite…

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Connecting with Wringer on a Personal Level

How I Connect with Wringer on a Personal Level

If you're a teacher, you are currently teaching a Dorothy (someone who is being tormented mercilessly, yet is forging on), a Beans (a bully), a Mutto and a Henry (bystanders), and a Palmer (someone who just wants to be accepted and is confused and hurting in his own way). I have found that reading Wringer aloud to my whole class (sometimes 2 or 3 classes depending on the year) is a great way to broach and discuss these painful coming-of-age topics. The bonus is that in all of my years as a fifth grade teacher, I have never taught a student who has read it! It makes for a great read aloud experience filled with surprises.

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Holiday Fun

It's holiday season and we all know how hard it is to keep students engaged and learning. One of my goals this year is to help students develop their vocabularies.…

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