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The Go-Getters Guide to Teaching the Alphabet: Engagement

Well hey there, primary teacher/difference maker/go-getter. Yes, that is right, my friend. I know what kind of teacher you are, because you’re here in this moment sharing your brain space with me in hopes of finding something to better serve your students. I thank you for being here and for doing what you do. Today, …

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The Ultimate Guide to SIMPLE Class Rules

Check out this VLOG that corresponds with this content. So, I’m literally psycho about classroom management strategies. As you may have read in some of my earlier posts about Classroom Routines and my favorite Classroom Management Tricks, I’m “un poco loco” (a little bit crazy) about keeping student behavior under control. This great addiction is …

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3 Sure-Fire Ways to Improve Students’ Pride in Their Work

Hey there, wonderful teacher! Has anyone told you today how incredible you are? If not, please give me the honor. You’re doing a fantastic job, and I love the privilege of visiting with you every week. This week, I want to share with you a classroom management issue that arose in my students recently, and …

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Secret Sauce for Phonological Awareness: Learning Style

Post Promise: Literacy is vital to our students’ success, and phonological awareness is crucial to mastery of this skill. Today, I’ll share one big reason some of your learners may be having trouble grasping this important concept (hint: it isn’t that they aren’t intelligent enough!). Keeping learning style in mind is vital to gaining phonological …

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Ten Sight-Word Activities to Vitalize Virtual Classrooms

Is the virtual classroom draining the excitement out of your instruction, especially with sight-words? Well, if teaching were a fall festival, this post would be the apple cider, cinnamon stick and all. Because you can’t have fall without apple cider! Today, I’m going to share 10 engaging sight-word activities to spice up your virtual classroom. …

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5 Essential Skills for Phonological Awareness

Get your FREE Phonological Awareness Skills Overview! Send my Reference Sheet!  We respect your privacy. Unsubscribe at anytime. Post Promise: Phonological awareness is vital for our learners to achieve, but it isn’t just one concept. It’s made of many skills. I’ll break them down for you here so you can ensure your students have a …

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3 Easy Active Learning Strategies (That Also Work Virtually)

Hello there, teacher friend! Today, I’m going to share three active learning strategies that will engage your learners whether you are in person or teaching virtually. Plus, if you’re teaching virtually, I’ve got a tool especially for you at the end – The Virtual Classroom Survival Guide. Did you know that I’m sharing content in …

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Classroom Cheers: An Active, Motivational Tool for Primary Teachers (54 Free Cheer Cards to Download)

Post Promise: Classroom cheers aren’t only fun, they are an effective tool for teachers. Today, I will share with you the key benefits of using Cheer Cards in your Primary Classroom, whether you are teaching in-person or virtually. Stick to the end to find your free set of cheer cards (in English and Spanish) created …

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How to Build Authentic Relationships in the Virtual Classroom

During this unusual season of uncertainty and unrest, the anticipation and drive with which educators typically get ready to go back to school might feel more like anxiety and dread. Will we be teaching in-person, hybrid, virtually, or all the above? And though those of us going back virtually may be equipped with the technology …

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What is Phonological Awareness? (v. Phonemic Awareness & Phonics)

Post Promise: Literacy is one of the most vital skills we teach in the primary grades. In this post I’ll help clear up what phonological awareness is and how it’s different from phonemic awareness and phonics. This will set the stage for future posts where I share what skills are involved in phonological awareness and …

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5 Game-Changing Tips for Home-School Success with a FREE Home-School Survival Kit

Post Promise: In this post you will find my TOP FIVE tips for how to manage teaching your K-2 child at home. If you haven’t implemented these ideas, they have the power to transform your home-school experience. Don’t miss the FREE Home-School Survival Kit included below that can help you implement these ideas as soon …

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Writing CVC Words: 3 strategies to help your students become CVC Word Masters

Post Promise: Within this piece, I will provide you with three strategies that will bridge your students from letter/sound practice to CVC-word writing masters. If you are in that transition within your own classroom (or have 1st or 2nd Grade students who need intervention in this area) this information can help you get them there.  …

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Classroom Management: Managing Movement in the Primary Classroom (K-2)

Post Promise: If you teach Primary and are having trouble with too much student traffic and/or movement during inappropriate times during the day- this post is for you. I will tell you how I combat unnecessary traffic in my Kindergarten classroom using class discussion, rules, routines and student hand signals. I’ll even give you a …

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