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Vocabulary

8 Strategies for Teaching ELL Students Vocabulary Words

I have been friends with each of the three English Language Learner (ELL) teachers that have served my district since I began teaching, but I...

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Vocabulary

Back-to-School Activities for Middle School

It is always difficult to know exactly what to do during the first days of school, but I do know that I want to establish a great classroom community....

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Vocabulary

6th Grade Vocabulary Worksheets, Games, and Resources

Are you an educator in need of 6th grade vocabulary worksheets and printables that will make the word building process more exciting for students?...

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Vocabulary

5th Grade Vocabulary Worksheets, Games, and Resources

Are you an educator in need of 5th grade vocabulary worksheets and printables that will make the word building process more exciting for students?...

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Vocabulary

4th Grade Vocabulary Worksheets, Games, and Resources

In this article you'll find 4th grade vocabulary worksheets and printables that will make the word building process more exciting for students! Whether...

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Vocabulary

2nd Grade Vocabulary Worksheets, Games, and Resources

Here are 2nd grade vocabulary worksheets and printables that will make the word building process more exciting for students! Whether you are preparing...

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Vocabulary

7 Fun Professional Development Ideas for Teachers

During summer break, teachers should take advantage of their slower schedules to complete professional development hours.  In this article, we'll...

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Literacy

Summer Reading Strategies Bookmark for Elementary Students, Grades 2–5

I am a huge fan of bookmarks because they can be a great tool for students to use during independent reading. Every June, I share a special bookmark...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to a NEW 21st Century School Design [Free Graphic Organizer]

Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow's Schools Today by Eric C. Sheninger and Thomas C. Murray is a MUST READ for educators. In this...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

ESL Valentine's Day Lesson for Vocabulary Learning, Grades 1–12

Valentine's Day is approaching and offers teachers with the opportunity to link ESL students' interest in the calendar holiday with vocabulary...

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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

Vocabulary

Team-Building Activities for High School Students

Over the last two years, my colleagues and I have started playing board games during lunch. Not only does this provide us with much needed stress...

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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...

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Literacy

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

Vocabulary

8 Gifts to Thank Your School Employees

I find that thanking the school staff who often get overlooked, is one of the best ways to show appreciation. However, it can be a tricky and costly...

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Vocabulary

Top 5 Tips for Meeting an Author at a Conference

One of my favorite parts of being an English teacher/librarian is going to conferences and meeting authors. Over the years, I have honed my “author...

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Literacy

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

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

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

Literacy

How Parents Can Help Kids Fight Summer Reading Loss

Children that don’t read during their summer vacation can lose up to three months of reading achievement. Summer learning loss impacts reading fluency,...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Farewell Message to Seniors; 10 Ways to Succeed in College/Life

What time of year is it? Around my high school, the seniors will tell you it is time for them to leave! Yet each year, I never feel like I have...

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Vocabulary

5 Reasons You Are A Successful Teacher!

I've been thinking a lot about the feeling of failure. I am both a mentor to four new teachers this year and a close friend to my fellow English...

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Literacy

Art Mouse Project: Combine Art & Writing to Discuss Bullying in the Classroom

Because students work at different speeds, it’s smart to have an activity readily available for those that finish a reading assignment or writing...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Community Reading... A Home Run Idea!

The town that I work in promotes a community-wide reading program during the month of October. Every year an adult book is selected with three...

Keighley Fleming

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...

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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...

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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...

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