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
"Active reading strategies" is a lame name for a something magic. Diving into a book we love is so fun, it's almost naughty. Think of one of your favorites. The one you have that beautiful copy of. Or a loved battered copy. The story you save for ... Read More about Active Reading Strategies That Make 4th Grade READERS
Getting my own teacher desk was a big deal. I'd made it. I'd jumped through all the hoops and landed the job of my dreams. And now I had the coveted teacher desk to prove it! My first teacher desk It was mammoth. One of those monsters ... Read More about Teacher Desk for Upper Elementary: Ditch it OR Keep it?
How old are 4th graders? Typically 9 and 10. Congrats! You're on your way to becoming an expert 4th grade teacher. Of course, there's more to it, right? Like anything, you start with one step. And now that you know the answer to "How old are ... Read More about How old are 4th graders? Answers for new teachers
There are so many options for Read Alouds for 4th grade, it can be hard to decide where to begin. From picking the best back to school books (that address those first day jitters) to selecting read alouds for the end of the school year, there ... Read More about 4 CRAMAZING Read Alouds for 4th grade