Our youngest learners must develop the ability to hear the differences in the sounds of letters before they can ever read print. They must develop phonemic awareness. Here are some tips for helping children develop phonemic awareness, and making it fun!
Do you allow your students to learn by playing in the classroom? Having fun and playing is motivating; students will pay closer attention for longer periods of time. This, of course, increases the likelihood that they will learn. Here are a few word-learning games that you can easily play with your students!
As technology continues its march into our teaching spaces, we have to infuse some common best practices into our technology use. Integrating the practices into our teaching with technology is a lifelong journey, since technologies constantly change and evolve. Here are some ways schools use technology in the classroom.
We’ve all mastered the art of curling up with a good book. But heading out for a book-based adventure? Well, that just opens up worlds of possibility! Here are a few of my favorite book/adventure combos to do with children—whether with my own kids over the summer months or as special class experiences during the school year.
Bilingual students do not always have enough opportunities to practice using both languages. As teachers, we cannot lose sight of the role of talk in our classrooms. A classroom rich with language opportunities is a classroom that can offer more opportunities for success for children living and learning in two languages.
As much as our students need to grow as readers and thinkers, we also need to rejuvenate through exploration of new and favorite authors. After spending the last weeks of the school year scrambling to motivate students and develop some kind of summer reading plan, let’s pause now to reflect upon our own summer reading plans.