The winter blues. Feels like a dreary fog rolling in. But like Professor Lupin's Riddikulus spell -- apologies to non-Harry-Potter-fans -- playfulness and humor will often make the winter blues melt like snowflakes on a woodstove. (That said, if you ... Read More about Winter Blues? 11 Ways for Teachers to Thrive!
The interviews are over, the stress of wondering if you'll find a position is caput. You landed a fourth grade teaching job! You're chomping at the bit to start your back to school teacher to do list! First, though, bask in this moment -- it's an ... Read More about Back to School Teacher List for New 4th Grade Teachers
A story arc template doesn't sound very exciting, does it? But man, oh man, does it pack one heck of a punch. Today I'm treating you BIG time! First you'll learn why a story arc template is such a big deal. Then you'll learn how minimal effort ... Read More about The Story Arc Template your 4th Graders Need NOW
Text to text connections. And text to world connections. Add to that text to self connections. Boy -- we educators have a way of labeling revolutionary active reading strategies with boring names. First, let's look at an example to see what this ... Read More about Text to Text Connections in 4th grade (and Swimming Pools)
Truly, who invented homework? It would be interesting to find out. Because depending on your approach, it can serve your students' needs. Or make their confidence fall apart. Whether you're just beginning your career or you're a well-seasoned ... Read More about Who Invented Homework? A How-to for 4th Grade Teachers