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Grammar

Creative Ways to Teach Parts of Speech in Middle School and High School

In this article, you'll find tips for reviewing or teaching parts of speech in middle school and high school. Plus, download five creative printables...

Tiffany Rehbein

Vocabulary

15 Free Back-to-School Printables for Teachers

Although I have been working all summer long, the inevitable school year start date suddenly looms up before me, scary and overwhelming. To honor...

Vocab Gal

Grammar

How to Teach Grammar Effectively in Schools and Across Disciplines [5 Free Printables]

Recently, I had a hallway conversation with colleague who asked me, "Does grammar even matter anymore?" My initial reaction was, "Of course, grammar...

Tiffany Rehbein

Vocabulary

The BIG THREE of Teacher Feedback

In this article, you'll learn how teachers can seek out feedback from their three primary groups of stakeholders: students,...

Vocab Gal

Grammar

Diary of Anne Frank Activities That Will Strengthen Descriptive Writing, Grades 3–8

“When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived!” Anne Frank wrote those words in her work: The Diary of a...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Teaching Grammar Creatively; Seven Worksheets To Get You Started

It can be a struggle to keep students interested in learning about the more technical side of language. One way that teachers can enhance grammar...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

4 Tips to Successfully Begin a New Semester After Winter Break

Resolutions abound in the new year, and the beginning of a new semester can represent a clean slate, as well. A new year naturally lends itself to...

Tiffany Rehbein

Literacy

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

Grammar

Using Classroom Centers for Writing in the Middle- and Upper-Level Classroom

This school year, I did something different in my tenth grade classroom. Rather than repetitively stating classroom routines and procedures during the...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

29 Printable Grammar Worksheets That Will Improve Students' Writing

Teachers, literacy coaches, principals, and administrators all want to improve the writing of students. The ability to write effectively and...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

The Power of Journal Writing in the Classroom

Last year, a student spoke to me about missing class for one week due to a family trip. What could she do to make up the work? After conferencing with...

Tiffany Rehbein

Vocabulary

An Awesome SAT and ACT Comparison for Teachers and Students

I will never forget driving to my SAT exam early one Saturday morning; I had the radio blaring classical music while I crunched peppermints and...

Vocab Gal

Grammar

How to Design Lessons for Teaching Story Structure with the CCSS

The organizer of the Boston Marathon designed the course with a starting line, middle course design, and finish line. The craft behind a story can be...

Beverly Ann Chin, Ph.D.

Grammar

How Professional Development Can Support Writing Communities in Schools

Professional development days are my favorite! How often do school leaders hear teachers in their schools say this? In this blog post, you will learn...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

How to Build a School Writing Community Around Shared Values–A FREE Step-by-Step Guide

In my post "Writing Communities in Schools: School-wide Literacy Action Plans," I wrote that shared value systems must be one of the first elements in...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Writing Communities in School; Creating a School-wide Literacy Action Plan

In this article, we'll explore the benefits of building a school-wide community of writers and literacy action plan. With the strategies outlined in...

Tiffany Rehbein

Vocabulary

How to Balance Being a Teacher and a Parent: Top 5 Survival Tips

Many of us struggle to balance our personal and professional lives, and I found that for me it only got harder once I had children. I knew I was going...

Vocab Gal

Grammar

Awesome Anchor Chart to Teach Homophones, Grades 2–12

Homophone anchor charts are a great way to place the words in the classroom and provide a resource for students as they learn homophones.

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

How to Teach Grammar Effectively; 8 "Do's" and "Don'ts" To Keep In Mind

There is a strong relationship between grammar, writing instruction, and student achievement. Effective grammar instruction across grade levels and...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

5 Tips That Will Get Students Revising Wordy Sentences

Helping your students learn to write clear, concise sentences using fewer words is an important part of grammar instruction! Wordiness not only...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

A Principal's Role in the Professional Development of Teachers

Every Sunday, I participate in professional development on Twitter. It’s not sponsored by my school. I didn’t have to sign-up early. My principal...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

11 Elementary Grammar Worksheets That Will Improve Students' Writing

Practice is the key to mastering and improving grammar skills! Here are eleven elementary grammar worksheets teachers can use in the classroom to...

Tiffany Rehbein

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

Grammar

How Sentence Stems Support Middle School Students in their Writing

By the time students are in middle school, if they are writing an argument then they are expected to include words, phrases, and clauses that create...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Revision Strategies for Students- How to Teach Meaningful Revision

Revision is an integral part of the writing process. It is in this stage of the writing process that students grow as writers, readers, and thinkers.

Beverly Ann Chin, Ph.D.

Literacy

Back-to-School Elementary Activity: Book Jacket & Table of Contents

A fun way for you to get to know your elementary students better and help them get to know each other is by having them create a book jacket cover and...

Erin Lynch

Grammar

How Literacy Coaches Can Support Teachers in Teaching ACT Test Prep

Many people like surprises. With the end of summer vacation, a surprise might be waiting for teachers at their school in the form of ACT®* scores. For...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Teaching Students the Different Writing Formats; 8 Printables to Get You Started

As you head back to the classroom, download eight resources that will assist you in teaching students the different writing formats! These posters and...

Tiffany Rehbein

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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Grammar

4 Classroom Icebreakers to Kick Off the School Year

At the beginning of the school year, teachers have the responsibility to establish classroom routines, get to know students’ names, and immediately put...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Recharge and Refresh: 5 Ways Teachers Can Stay Motivated

July is the month that marks the middle of summer for many teachers. Last month school had just ended and next month school will begin again. Before...

Tiffany Rehbein

Vocabulary

Summer PD: Best Practices for Teaching Grammar & Writing in Elementary

Summertime is a great time for teachers and principals to participate in professional development. Today I'm sharing an eBook teachers can download and...

Vocab Gal

Grammar

8 eBooks That Will Improve Your Writing & Grammar Instruction

Summer break is a great time for teachers and principals to participate in professional development. Today I'm sharing eight eBooks teachers can...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Crafting Clever Sentences; Organizers for Phrases and Clauses Practice

Making grammar exciting for students is rewarding and challenging at the same time. Whenever the opportunity arises, I like to add tangible and...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Setting Up Classroom Writing Centers in the Upper Grade Levels

Last year, I hosted a lab classroom where teachers observed my classroom through the lens of questions they had in their own practice. Teachers visited...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Strategies for Engaging Middle School Students in Writing and Grammar Instruction

The end of the year is looming, and with it comes the urgency to make grammar lessons for middle school students more engaging. Before school ends,...

Beverly Ann Chin, Ph.D.

Grammar

ACT Test-Taking Strategies: Tips for Taking the ACT Writing Test

Newness is often a theme that accompanies springtime. Since last September, ACT has been working on changes to its writing prompts. This spring, the...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Teaching Argumentative Writing in the Classroom, Grades 9–12

Teaching both tenth and twelfth grade presents its rewards and challenges. It is rewarding because I get to see so much growth and maturity in twelfth...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Teaching Narrative Writing in the Classroom [Printable Poster Included]

Students love stories. Whether they are telling a story or they are listening to a story, students become engaged with the plot line and interested in...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

How To Motivate Students To Write (And Love It!)

It’s that time of year when the weeks are long, the days are colder (especially if you live where I live), and the students are in their school...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Dr. Beverly Ann Chin: Advocacy, Leadership, and Mentoring in English Language Arts

Leadership and mentoring, collaboration among different groups, and lessons of advocacy, are just three important topics that were covered in a...

Beverly Ann Chin, Ph.D.

Vocabulary

5 Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferences

If there's one part of the school year that can give teachers bouts of anxiety– it's parent-teacher conference time. These tips for parent-teacher...

Vocab Gal

Grammar

Teaching Students The Many Purposes of Writing

I love sticky notes. If you were to look at my desk or at my planner or at my laptop lid, you would see sticky notes filled with information. A...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Ideas To Get Students Writing In The Classroom Every Day

One of the most efficient ways to improve student writing is to write daily. To ensure writing occurs daily in my classroom I've implemented quickwrite...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Top 10 Characteristics of Effective Grammar Instruction

Direct instruction and modeling of grammar is part of a balanced literacy framework. Students need multiple and various exposures to correct grammar in...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Back-To-School Writing Assessment Ideas

The first week of school is a great time for students to give you some key information about themselves. On the first day, do something to make your...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Reinforce the Importance of Grammar & Writing with a Superstar Certificate

I remember the days of teaching grammar when students’ eyes glazed over and they checked out of the lesson. While not every day can be filled with the...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Prepare for the SAT®* with Sentence Completion Worksheets

Spotlighting skills every day is one way teachers can support a grammar-rich environment and prepare students for exams! The critical reading section...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Prepare for the ACT®* with Subject-Verb Agreement Practice Worksheets

Spotlighting skills every day is one way teachers can support a grammar-rich environment and prepare students for exams! Subject-verb agreement is a...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

SAT®* Grammar Practice Worksheet: Precise Words

Word choice and precision in writing is a skill assessed by the SAT suite of tests. When students feel confident in using concrete, specific words...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

ACT®* Test Grammar Practice: Choosing Correct Words

Word choice is emphasized in writing and in literature. Teachers read passages aloud from F. Scott Fitzgerald because of the wonderful language choices...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

ACT®* Test Grammar Practice: Verb Tenses

With high stakes testing going on across the nation, teachers have the responsibility to strengthen language and grammar development. The practice...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

SAT®* Test Grammar Practice: Punctuation, Part 1

Language and grammar development is a vital component of learning across all subject areas. Knowledge of sentence structures impacts comprehension in a...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Dr. Beverly Ann Chin: Connections Between Writing Assessment and Writing Instruction

In my last post, I addressed answers to the following questions: How can we help students perform well on writing assessments? What is the relationship...

Beverly Ann Chin, Ph.D.

Grammar

What's In Your Test-Taking Strategies Toolkit? 5 Printables to Help Students Ace Assessments!

The papers are passed out, pencils are sharpened and fresh test booklets are positioned on students’ desks. It’s that time again: spring testing...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

3 Quick Tips for Answering Questions on the SAT®* Test

For juniors and seniors, college is on the horizon. The SAT test assesses what students know and how they can apply that knowledge. The SAT test...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Dr. Beverly Ann Chin: Developing and Improving Students’ Written Language Proficiency

All English language arts educators are concerned about developing and improving students’ written language proficiencies. Wherever I travel in the...

Beverly Ann Chin, Ph.D.

Grammar

Rethinking Grammar: This Ain’t Your Momma’s Instruction Book, Grades 6–12

My mom likes to tell a story about her high school English teacher, who carried a ruler and rapped students’ knuckles when they struggled with grammar...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Awesome Anchor Chart for Indentifying Adverbs

When an English Language Arts standard focuses on developing and strengthening writing skills, students can also focus on grammar usage. One way to...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

4 Tips for Making Grammar Instruction Meaningful and Enjoyable

Grammar teachers everywhere struggle to keep students engaged and interested while teaching the technical side of language. Dangling participles and...

Tiffany Rehbein

Grammar

Teaching Writing in the Context of Common Core State Standards

The purpose of writing instruction is to help students become competent, confident writers in both school and work settings – and also throughout life....

Beverly Ann Chin, Ph.D.

Vocabulary

Top 3 Tips to Survive the First Week of School

School is back in session! At the beginning of the school year it’s easy to let yourself get overwhelmed with all the planning and prep. You’ve spent...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

Top 5 Secrets to Making the Most of a Education Conference

I’m so excited to go to NCTE this year. As I began thinking both about my own preparations for NCTE and helping my mentee teacher Caitlin prepare for...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

Top 3 Mistakes (New) Teachers Make

A few weeks ago, I shared my favorite pieces of advice for new teachers, but my advice was applicable to all teachers, not just those starting out. In...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

Back-To-School: Advice To New Teachers

Another school year means new teachers, and we have many both at my school and in my district this year.  I am asked each year to mentor new...

Vocab Gal

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