Cracking the Spelling Code: Why It Is Needed & What It Is-Part 2

Phonics, Reading

Have you wonder why can’t long vowels just have 1-2 spellings? They would be so much easier to teach. You aren’t alone. I have thought that same thought my teaching friend. Since we can’t change our language, Cracking the Spelling Code is the way I created to make teaching long vowels easier, less frustrating and more meaningful for your students. Why is this the goal? When students can tell where in the word a long vowel is, that is a…

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Cracking the Spelling Code: Why It Is Needed & What It Is-Part 1

Phonics, Reading

You know the saying When two vowels go walking the first one does the talking right when teaching long vowels? It is one of the most used vowel rule. We probably learned it when we were in school and might even use it in our own classroom. BUT –newsflash– this rule doesn’t work for all vowel digraphs. Shocking I know. Test it out with these words: It didn’t work for all of them did it? Not surprising because it only…

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Stars & Wishes- How To Make Sharing Writing Engaging for All

Writing
Stars & Wishes Sharing Writing

Do you know what your students’ favorite time of the week is? What’s your favorite time? (I’m not talking Friday afternoons either 🙂 ) Amazingly enough, Friday morning right before our all school pizza lunch has become a favorite for my students and myself. It is called Stars and Wishes. It’s the time where students get to share their writing from the week. A former co-teacher gave me the idea and I have adapted it to fit my students. At…

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Refining My Classroom: What I’m Loving, What’s Gotta Go, Mending and Adding

Classroom
Refining Your Classroom

So I know your mind is all about summer break right now. I also know your teacher brain never turns off. Secretly you’re thinking about what next year will bring and fantasizing what your classroom will look like, feel like and sound like. I’m in the same boat you are. Report cards just got wrapped up late last night and I’m anxiously waiting my new daily schedule to plan out how everything I want to fit in can best fit…

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A Yearlong Memory Book-Making Memory Books Easier

Writing
memorybooks

So maybe you can relate? I love laughing when retelling memories, seeing old photos and having a REALLY good laugh at things I used to think were the coolest and turns out weren’t so much. Let’s be honest it takes a lot of time to organize photos, stories, papers, and memories whether doing it for yourself or for someone else. It gets especially daunting when you are that teacher that wants to do it for each student. Bless your heart!…

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Cooking Up Fractions

Fractions, Math
Fraction Slider

Fractions are a tricky, tricky subject for most students and probably most people. I’m completely content being in second grade where the world of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing of fractions doesn’t exist. Most students can understand splitting shapes into equal parts but once equivalent fractions or just comparing fractions comes into play it gets confusing. Why? Because it goes against what we teach the rest of math- all of a sudden 2 is bigger than 12 and having 1 big…

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From First Grade Memories to Second Grade Teaching…My Teaching Journey

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Now my journey to becoming an elementary teacher took me from my small Polish sausage capital of the world hometown, to the capital of Michigan, to Pontiac and downtown Detroit. When I say Detroit, I mean the real Detroit where your car must be locked with nothing left in it. You never know what you might find including a man standing in the middle of the street playing an invisible violin. Then it was onto the east coast side, also…

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