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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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Simple Direct Vocabulary Instruction Strategies that Work (Proven Tips/Techniques by Vocab Gal)

In this post, readers will form a true understanding of how to successfully integrate all of the important aspects of direct vocabulary instruction...

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Meaningful Vocabulary Instruction and How to Get the Words to Stick!

Quality vocabulary instruction is a goal for all teachers at the beginning of the school year, but it can quickly become lost in the midst of all the...

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8 Ways to Integrate Greek/Latin Roots into Vocabulary Routines

I often get asked about how best to teach Greek and Latin Roots, Prefixes and Suffixes. Today I will share ways I integrate teaching Greek/Latin Roots...

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Help Struggling Readers Build Vocabulary; 10+ Printables to Get You Started

I love working with our district’s literacy coaches and reading specialists, and I have a special place in my heart for Ms. Long, the reading...

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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...

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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...

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14 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...

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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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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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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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Differentiated Vocabulary Assessment Handout

Now that we've all gotten through the crazy back-to-school season and have established our classroom routines, I thought I'd take the opportunity to...

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Using Learning Centers to Enhance Vocabulary Instruction

I often find that students need variety and a short time frame to keep them focused on learning; therefore, I really love setting up vocabulary...

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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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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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The Top 3 Ways to Integrate Vocabulary Into Your Classroom Routine

Many teachers tell me that they just don’t have time for vocabulary instruction on top of everything else they need to do in the classroom. Of course,...

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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...

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Summer PD: The Value of Intentional Vocabulary Instruction in Middle School

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

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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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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,...

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“I ♥ Vocabulary”—Awards and Recognition for Students Using Vocabulary

Take the time to celebrate learning and provide awards and recognition for students so that they become exhilarated about their increasing lexicons!

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What Works? How to Motivate Students to Read

Whether you are a librarian or an English teacher, figuring out how to motivate students to read can often be difficult. Here are my top tips for...

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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...

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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...

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Test Prep Strategies for Reading & Vocabulary (Grades 2–12)

Late-night studying, exhausting memorization, sleep deprivation; any of this sound familiar from when you were in school? Test prep and testing can be...

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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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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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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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