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Spring Fluency Mini Lessons

It’s FINALLY Spring! And we’re celebrating it in dapper style with our new Spring Fluency in a Flash digital mini lessons. What is Fluency in a Flash? Fluency in a Flash is a brief, targeted routine for practicing reading fluency daily. Each day of the week focuses on a specific

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St. Patrick’s Day Fluency Mini Lessons

We are absolutely delighted to release our newest set of seasonal Fluency in a Flash digital mini lessons! But first… What is Fluency in a Flash? Fluency in a Flash is a brief, targeted routine for practicing reading fluency daily. Each day of the week focuses on a specific fluency

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Valentine’s Day Fluency in a Flash Mini-Lessons

We’re so excited for these Valentine’s Day digital fluency mini-lessons we just released! But first… What is Fluency in a Flash? Fluency in a Flash is a brief, targeted routine for practicing reading fluency daily. Each day of the week focuses on a specific fluency skill and can be completed

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Reading Fluency in a Flash

Over the last year and a half we’ve talked to countless teachers about fluency instruction in the classroom. When we help students recognize words effortlessly and teach them to read with appropriate expression and phrasing, we’re allowing them to access texts in a more meaningful way. Reading fluency is the key

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BTS Success: A Free Back-To-School E-mail Course

Back-to-school is the worst of times. It’s so stressful and exhausting (seriously it’s so, so tiring!). It’s also the best of times! The feeling of a new beginning is absolutely exhilarating. I love that fresh start, where everything is possible and I haven’t screwed up…yet! After 17+ first days of

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My 2nd Grade Morning Routine

The way we begin each day in our classroom sets the tone for learning and speaks volumes about what and whom we value, about our expectations for the way we will treat each other, and about the way we believe learning occurs. –Roxann Kriete How do you start your school

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20 Awesome Books for the First Week of School

When I’m creating my first week of school plans, I always make time for several read aloud books every day. Reading aloud picture books is a great way to: take a break from procedures and routines introduce ideas of friendship, community, rules, and more model fluent reading bond as a

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Why I Don’t Use Words Their Way for Spelling

Why don’t I use Words Their Way for my sole phonics and spelling curriculum? And why don’t I use Words Their Way for my weekly spelling lists and spelling test? I get this question often. You know that I love Words Their Way. (We now use our own comprehensive phonics

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5 Teacher Books I Read Every Year

There are a few professional development books that I pull out to reference (and sometimes reread) every single year. The First Six Weeks of School by Paula Denton, Roxann Kriete, Responsive Classroom – Tools for Teaching by Fred Jones The First Days of School by Harry Wong The Joyful Classroom

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The Secret to End of Year Survival

Want to know my tried-and-true secret to surviving the last few weeks of school? THEME DAYS! I love theme days for two reasons. They keep the kids engaged. They make planning easier. We call these our D.L.I.T.E Days. D.L.I.T.E stands for Differentiated Learning and Integrated Theme Experience. You can call

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