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Vocabulary

6 Things to Include in a Substitute Teacher Binder

One of the hardest things a teacher has to do is plan for a substitute. Likewise, one of the hardest jobs a person can have is to be a substitute...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Assessment and Inventory Worksheets for Educators

One of the most important aspects of vocabulary instruction is vocabulary assessment. Without knowing how many words your students already know, and to...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Teaching Students How To Choose A Just-Right Book

To foster reading independence, students need to be exposed to various reading strategies and tools to boost their confidence. This includes teaching...

Erin Lynch

Grammar

Back-To-School Writing Prompts [Includes Printable Worksheets]

Use simple back-to-school writing prompts to assess writing skills and learn important information about each student in your room!

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

Literacy

6 Fun Classroom Icebreakers for Elementary Students [Free Printables]

During the first few weeks of school, dissipate feelings of nervousness and begin to foster new relationships with fun classroom icebreakers! In this...

Erin Lynch

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....

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Elements of a Literacy-Rich 21st Century Classroom

Do you want to bring a 21st century classroom design into your classroom? This article will assist you in setting up a literacy-rich environment in a...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

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

Vocabulary

11 Vocabulary Homework Ideas And How To Motivate Students To Do It!

As a teacher, I try to concentrate students’ learning on activities done in class, because asking some students to complete work at home can be...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

How to Be Successful Mentoring New Teachers

As the "mentor coordinator" for my entire district, I have learned much by observing and working alongside mentors and beginning teachers. My role as...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

How to Assess Reading Levels of Elementary Students Throughout the Year

Balanced Literacy is a curricular methodology that integrates various modalities of literacy instruction, which are aimed at guiding students towards...

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...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

How to Make Vocabulary Improvement and Instruction a Whole-School Endeavor

Students attend multiple classes every day and often don’t connect ideas or concepts from one class to another. By bringing students’ attention to...

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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

Vocabulary

Setting Instructional Goals and Objectives; 6 Key Points Teachers Should Remember

At the beginning of each school year, it is critical to set instructional goals and objectives for our classes. These goals need to work for ourselves,...

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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

Vocabulary

Setting Learning and Vocabulary Expectations in the Classroom

I am always really excited about learning and teaching vocabulary words, but my students aren’t always as exhilarated as I am. After seeing a poster in...

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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

Vocabulary

Vacation Postcards– A Summer Vocabulary Activity

I love getting mail and I know my students do, too. Just in time for summer, here is a unique vocabulary activity that will encourage students to use...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

My Top 5 Tips for Classroom Management

I don’t know about you, but, for me, classroom management has always been the hardest part of teaching. In my attempts to improve classroom management,...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

Teacher To-Do List for the New School Year

It’s back-to-school for teachers! I know that each year our school starts earlier, and each year I begin panicking about all the things I want to do in...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

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

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

Literacy

Open House Presentation On Balanced Literacy, Grades K–5

The start of the school year means 'Open House' is right around the corner. For me, that 45 minute time period always flew by as I tried to summarize...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

3 Different Books: A Simple Reading Level Assessment for Teachers

As a reading teacher, each year I am excited to get to know my new group of reading students. I can't wait to see their unique personalities and get to...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

Back-To-School Interactive Read Aloud Lesson Plan Bundle

If you are familiar with my blog, you already know that I am a big proponent of Interactive Read Alouds (IRAs). If you are new to my blog, this article...

Erin Lynch

Grammar

Tips to Make Classroom Setup Fun and Easy for Teachers

One of the most exciting parts of the school year occurs at the beginning with classroom setup. Whether you get to work with new materials or you have...

Tiffany Rehbein

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

Grammar

"Who Are You?" Writing Prompt, Grades 6–12

As I have said in a previous post, I love meeting new people. It makes sense that one of my favorite parts of a new school year is getting to know my...

Tiffany Rehbein

Vocabulary

Back-to-School Icebreaker: Create a Name with Vocabulary Words, Grades 3–12

This simple back-to-school vocabulary activity is a great icebreaker and will get students immediately learning new vocabulary words. Also, this...

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Vocabulary

Back-to-School Icebreaker: Puzzle Together Your Vocabulary Words, Grades 1–12

 Are you looking for a fun AND educational back-to-school icebreaker? With a few minor tweaks, Puzzle Together Your Vocabulary Words makes a great...

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Vocabulary

Back-To-School: Vocabulary Sheet of the Week, Grades 1–12

Every day, my students walk into my classroom and pull out their Vocabulary Sheet of the Week. They record the two vocabulary words that we review...

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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...

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...

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Vocabulary

Back-to-School Vocabulary Icebreaker: Breaking the Ice with Vocab, Grades 4–12

Is anyone else frantically planning, cleaning, or just stressing out as the school year looms over us?  I was at a great workshop last week (Wexner...

Vocab Gal

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