Meet Brenda. She’s a National Board Certified Teacher who spent 35 years teaching upper elementary students. Now she wants to share the recipe for a long, fulfilling career. First, to survive, happy teachers organize, plan, and simplify. Then, to thrive, they learn, engage, and dive in. Read on for ideas, tutorials, and inspiration.
Crafting better paragraphs can be fun and easy. Help kids remember the process with this new twist on the hamburger analogy. First, gather three or four closely related details. This is the meat of…Read More
Teaching character types is so much fun. Your students will love discussing the good, the bad, and the ugly about each character in a story! (more…)Read More
Teaching theme is not as hard as you think. Third graders locate the message, lesson, or moral of a story. By fourth grade, students are ready to link key details…Read More
Teaching summarizing scaffolds from grades three to five. Third graders simply retell the story. Fourth graders summarize the details. Using the tried-and-true “somebody wanted but then so” makes it easier. By fifth…Read More