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Teaching with Rhythm and Rap

By: Rosalie Fink, Ed.D.Posted 07/23/15
Teaching with Rhythm and Rap

Rhythm and rhyme have a unique ability to embed words and concepts indelibly in our brains. Here’s how you can use rap to instill important information in students’ memories! With the rap protocol provided here, guide students to write their own raps about themes and concepts from complex texts!

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The Write Beginning

By: Jan McNeel, M.A.Ed.Posted 07/10/15
The Write Beginning

Research shows that kids who read one million words of print a year will increase their vocabulary by 1000 new words each year. Knowing this, many teachers find it important to have a great classroom library for students to enjoy. Here are a few great tips from one teacher who used the summer to build her classroom library.

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Making Phonics Real

By: Ashley Bishop, Ph.D.Posted 03/06/15
Making Phonics Real

Children must learn phonics early on to successfully move through schooling and build reading and writing skills. For children to learn phonics, educators must make the sound/symbol connection real to students. Here are three strategies to make the sound/symbol relationship real.

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Student Independence

By: Emily R. Smith, M.A.Ed.Posted 09/12/14
Student Independence

Teachers want students to believe in themselves, take risks, and reap the rewards when they have successes. How do you encourage students to be more independent and seek answers themselves? Read more for one teacher’s thoughts on how to encourage student independence.

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Ideas by Association

By: TCM GuestPosted 10/10/13
Ideas by Association

Here’s an idea to quick start your students’ next writing assignment! This exercise will get your students’ imaginations warmed up and make it easier for them to choose a subject to write about.

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