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
Prior knowledge. Or as we learned in teacher school, schemata. (Doesn't that feel like a made up word? It's fun to say. Schemata. Schemata. Someone needs to write a song...) Whatever you call it, using our students' prior knowledge means building ... Read More about Prior Knowledge in 4th grade: Why Build on Sand?
Turn and talk is the diamond earrings of the teacher world. It goes with everything. (Okay, so I don't have diamond earrings -- I'd lose them in ten minutes flat. Plus, I've heard that the diamond industry isn't ethical. But for the sake of a ... Read More about Why Turn and Talk is Like Diamond Earrings