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?
Why Turn and Talk is Like Diamond Earrings
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 That Make 4th Grade READERS
"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
Teacher Desk for Upper Elementary: Ditch it OR Keep it?
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? Answers for new teachers
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
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