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How Principals and Specialists Can Get Feedback from Teachers

This post explores what effective feedback in education looks like and why principals and specialists should seek it out rather than be afraid of...

Erin Lynch

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10 Ways Teachers/Principals Can Celebrate Student Success

Most education professionals would agree that the job of “teacher” includes many other roles and responsibilities in addition to that of “instructor.”...

Erin Lynch

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How to Use the Circle of Viewpoints Routine with Students

Circle of viewpoints is a “thinking routine” protocol featured in the book, Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding and...

Erin Lynch

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3 Summertime Professional Development Topics for Teachers & Principals

The summer is a great time to enhance skills, improve units and add to professional knowledge. During the school year, teachers and principals are...

Erin Lynch

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A Guide to Getting Feedback from Students and Using It to Improve Your Teaching

The end of the school year and the summer time is a reflective time for me, as I am sure it is for most educators. An important part of my reflection...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

How to Get Struggling Readers to Fall in Love with Reading

After 17 years of teaching and more than 20 years of having been a student, one thing that never seems to change is that students love to get their...

Erin Lynch

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How To Teach Reading Comprehension Strategies In Your School

Hanging on the door in my classroom is a hand-written poster that I made over 10 years ago. It reads, “Reading Comprehension Strategies will help you →...

Erin Lynch

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How To Effectively Use Picture Books In Literacy Centers

Students love choice and variety! A great way to incorporate both into your literacy instruction is with centers. Literacy centers are a small area...

Erin Lynch

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Content-Rich Curriculum is the Best Preparation for High-Stakes Reading Tests

High-stakes testing puts an incredible amount of pressure on teachers and students. Teachers are evaluated based on their students' performance on...

Erin Lynch

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Prepare for Standardized Tests Using Books about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

With the second half of the school year in full-swing, many educators are starting to think about preparing their students for standardized testing.

Erin Lynch

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My New Year’s Resolution Worksheet for Educators

As an educator, I’ve always appreciated that the second semester of school kicks off right after the New Year’s celebrations. It inspires me to reflect...

Erin Lynch

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Headlines Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

Today I’m continuing the Professional Development series about how principals, school leaders, and teachers can implement thinking routines in schools....

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Compass Points Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

Today I’m continuing the Professional Development series about how principals, school leaders, and teachers can implement thinking routines in schools....

Erin Lynch

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Portfolios in the Classroom: Digital and Traditional

One constant for me—no matter what grade level I am teaching—is having my students create portfolios for themselves. There is nothing more rewarding...

Erin Lynch

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How to Successfully Select CCSS Literacy Strands to Focus On

It can be overwhelming trying to figure out which Common Core State Standard literacy strands your students need the most work with. There are so many...

Erin Lynch

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The Brain and Learning– What Educators Need to Know

I have always been fascinated with brain research. What helps to stimulate a brain? How and why do the two sides of our brain work independently of...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Sticking to a Plan: Planning and Preparing for Literacy and Learning Centers

If you’re like me, I learned how to plan lessons using a day-to-day, period-by-period schedule. Lessons were chunked into 40-50-minute segments on...

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Literacy

Teacher Goal Setting and Professional Planning for the New Year

The start of the school year in most school districts means it is that time of year to set teacher professional goals again. Ugh! I used to find this a...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Beyond the Foundational Four: Additional Content-Focused Centers for Mathematics and Science

As previously discussed, the four foundational centers (Teacher Led Center, Vocabulary, Reading Together and Writer’s Craft) are appropriate for any...

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Literacy

Beyond the Foundational Four: Additional Content-Focused Centers for English Language Arts and Social Studies

As previously discussed, the four foundational centers (Teacher Led Center, Vocabulary, Reading Together and Writer’s Craft) are appropriate for any...

Guest Blogger

Literacy

Four Books Effective Principals and Teachers Should Read this Summer

As you prepare for your summer break, I know many of you are thinking about what professional texts you might like to read. The possibilities are...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

The Four Foundational Centers: Teacher Led, Vocabulary, Read Together & Writer’s Craft

In the previous blog, “Learning and Literacy Centers: An Effective Instructional Model for Meeting the Needs of All Students”, we examined why this...

Guest Blogger

Literacy

Chalk Talk Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

Today I’m continuing the Professional Development series about how principals, school leaders, and teachers can implement thinking routines in schools....

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Hold a Student Showcase to Celebrate Their Writing, Grades K–8

After spending a school year working passionately on developing your students' writing skills, there is no better way to show off their writing talents...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Learning and Literacy Centers: An Effective Instructional Model for Meeting the Needs of All Students

Today I'm excited to have Dr. Katherine McKnight sharing her expertise on implementing Literacy Centers into classroom instruction. Give my guest...

Guest Blogger

Literacy

Think–Puzzle–Explore Visible Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

Attention all principals and teachers! Today is the third post in my ongoing professional development series that highlights the 'thinking routines'...

Erin Lynch

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SBAC Sample Questions for the English Language Arts/Literacy Sections

Last spring, my students took the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) for the first time. To prepare my students for this rigorous assessment...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Make Thinking Visible with the Zoom In Thinking Routine; A Professional Development Series

In January, I began what will be an ongoing monthly post describing a 'thinking routine' from the book Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Using Visible Thinking Strategies in the Classroom; A Professional Development Series

Here is a post for all you teachers AND principals out there. Last June, you might have read a post where I shared a few books that I thought would...

Erin Lynch

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Effective Classroom Management Strategies for the K–5 Classroom

Most teachers agree that the first few weeks of school set the tone for the rest of the school year. Having effective classroom management strategies...

Erin Lynch

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3 Supplemental Programs That Support Language Arts Curriculum

As you prepare to head back into the classroom, you may be looking for programs that will suppot your language arts curriculum. Sadlier’s English...

Erin Lynch

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8 Books Educators & Students Should Add to Their Summer Reading Lists

When I first started teaching, the summer seemed to come and go and I would feel like I had accomplished nothing for school that I hoped to. Now I'm a...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Teaching with the Signposts from Notice and Note

I love when I pick up a professional book and it is so good that I just can put it down! When I am so inspired, I immediately grab my latest lesson...

Erin Lynch

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