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Vocabulary

Fun Vocabulary Activities for End of the School Year

As the school year comes to a close, I find myself on the struggle bus right alongside my students. While they are anxious for summer, I am anxious to...

Vocab Gal

Vocabulary

The BIG THREE of Teacher Feedback

Every year I like to take a moment, usually during the last week of school when I just can’t grade another paper, to reflect on what worked and didn’t...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

How Principals and Specialists Can Get Feedback from Teachers

Let's be honest, asking for feedback from colleagues is not the easiest thing to do. I find myself to be my own worst critic, so I do not know why I am...

Erin Lynch

Literacy

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

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...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Effective Feedback for Students—A Powerful Tool to Enhance Performance!

This year, in the school where I work one of our school-wide goals is providing students with feedback. It is a well-known fact among educators that...

Erin Lynch

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Activity Worksheet: 5 Pieces of Advice Using Words

So often we teachers impart advice to students, but they often do not get to do the same. This week, give your budding sages the opportunity to impart...

Vocab Gal

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...

Vocab Gal

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...

Vocab Gal

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

Vocabulary

Thoughts of a Reflective Teacher... Vocab Style!

As I reflect back over the 2014-2015 school year, I realize that it was not a nominal year, but rather a school year that both bolstered and fortified...

Vocab Gal

Literacy

Three End of the School Activities for Elementary Students!

As the school year comes to a close, it is important to honor our students' hard work and accomplishments. Every year, I always provide my students...

Erin Lynch

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