Tag: teacher

Start Their New Year with Words

Use this acrostic pattern for a quick write or warm-up, a prompt or just a fun poem. Writing level may vary. I’d recommend grades 2 and up, but you may have some awesome K-1’s, or you could do it in a group. I’ve used it with ELL , middle school, high school and the results… Read more »

Hyper kids? Use their energy to teach VERBS!

Seriously! Turn that energy into a grammar lesson with my Verb Song! (below) But first, a quick Thank You to CRA for the opportunity to share some of my fluency games last weeknd. I had a great time meeting teachers, reading specialists, and administrators at your California Reading Association conference in Riverside! But OK–back to… Read more »

#TaTTues: If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher (or Librarian!)

 Happy #TaTTues ! Many schools celebrate National Teacher’s Day or week during the first week of May, which is awesome and well-deserved. IMHO, however, we should celebrate Teacher/Librarian Appreciation every day. And since November is traditionally a month of thanks and giving, may I suggest: #TaTTues : Thank a Teacher Tuesday begins today!  The idea came to me two… Read more »

Erin’s Favorite Back-to-School “Quote Wall”

                    The Quote Wall is one of the easiest ways EVER to “decorate” your classroom or library wall(s) and encourage kids to read and write! I shared this recently with participants at the Santa Clara County Office of Ed’s Library Summer Camp (fun!) and last year at a Sacramento Area Library Association event, and here is an example of the… Read more »