• Classroom Management,  Classroom Strategies

    Classroom Management

    Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means at no additional cost to you, I may receive a commision for items purchased.  But don’t worry, I never recommend products that I don’t believe in.   There is no doubt in my mind that the key to a happy classroom with happy students and happy teachers is successful classroom management.  But, how do we get to that point?  Behavior management strategies are vital in order to help students learn how to self-regulate and become aware of themselves, their peers, and the adults around them.  Without a strong behavior management system in place, your classroom will quickly spiral out of control.  You’ll be…

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    5 Steps to Better Guided Reading

    Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.  But don’t worry, I never recommend products I don’t believe in! 5 Easy Steps to Better Guided Reading   What is guided reading?   Guided reading is a powerful and essential instructional approach that develops better readers.  I love guided reading!  But for new teachers or teachers who haven’t used guided reading before, it can be difficult to wrap your head around.  Regardless of the grade you teach or the instructional levels of your students, the essentials of guided reading remain the…

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    5 Strategies to increase family engagement

    Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if click through and make a purchase. Parent involvement and family engagement. Are they the same? Although parent involvement and family engagement sound interchangeable, their meanings are actually quite different.  Parent involvement often means communicating with parents about how they can be involved in the learning process whereas family engagement involves a deeper more meaningful relationship between schools and families.  I will help to establish an understanding of the differences between parent involvement and family engagement and also to demonstrate how both can be used in conjunction to create a…

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    5 Strategies for differentiated instruction in the primary classroom

    What is differentiated instruction? Differentiated instruction is a teaching framework that involves meeting the needs of every student.  Every student is different and every student has different needs they need to be met in the classroom. Differentiated instruction provides students with different avenues of learning with the goal of supporting all learners in the classroom.  There are many types of teaching strategies that can help you achieve the differentiation your students need. How do I differentiate instruction in the primary classroom? In the primary classroom, we see many different learning styles, which can provide a challenge when determining how to differentiate. In my kindergarten classroom, my students’ skills differ dramatically.…