IGNITING CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING

Category: Lanaguage Arts

TURNING RELUCTANT WRITERS INTO AWESOME AUTHORS

TURNING RELUCTANT WRITERS INTO AWESOME AUTHORS tips to turn reluctant writers into awesome authors

Are your students reluctant writers? Do you have kiddos who either write terrible stories, or hate writing altogether?  I used to have to pull teeth to get any decent writing out of my kiddos. Whenever I announced we were going to write about something, they’d moan and groan, and (I hate to admit this), I’d […]

WHY I TEACH ANALOGIES TO PRIMARY STUDENTS

WHY I TEACH ANALOGIES TO PRIMARY STUDENTS horizontal image for teaching analogies in primary grades

  Are you looking for ways to get your kiddos to think critically in your lessons? Try teaching analogies!  Analogies get primary kids thinking, analyzing, and making comparisons.    What is an analogy? An analogy is simply a comparison of two things that are usually thought of as being different, but are similar in some […]

MATH MINDSET: FOSTERING MATHEMATICAL MINDSETS IN YOUR CLASSROOM

MATH MINDSET: FOSTERING MATHEMATICAL MINDSETS IN YOUR CLASSROOM MATH MINDSET: FOSTERING MATHEMATICAL MINDSETS IN YOUR CLASSROOM

Are there any kiddos in your class with a fixed math mindset? Do they give up or refuse to attempt to solve a math problem if they’re afraid they will get a wrong answer? Are they reluctant to take on challenges and refuse to take a risk if they aren’t sure they’re right? Or do […]

Self Checking Phonics Games: Slip It and Flip Its

Self Checking Phonics Games: Slip It and Flip Its image of self-checking phonics game

  Using games in the classroom is a proven strategy to increase student engagement as opposed to worksheet after worksheet. They provide purposeful reinforcement and practice of skills, and increase memory and retention of information. Besides that, games are just plain fun. I am so excited to introduce you to Slip It and Flip It […]

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY WITH MISS RUMPHIUS

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY WITH MISS RUMPHIUS

Wow!  Can you believe it’s the middle of April already?  I can hardly believe Earth Day is almost here.  I wanted to do a quick post to share one of my favorite picture books and how you can use this book to celebrate Earth Day with your students. Note:  Keep ’em Thinking is a participant […]

Biographies Will Keep Your Students Thinking!

Biographies Will Keep Your Students Thinking! KEEP EM THINKING WITH BIOGRAPHIES

I love to incorporate biographies into lessons! It seems that no matter what unit the students are studying, there’s a great biography to go with it. Why is it so important to teach biographies? you might ask. For one thing, it teaches a little something about the history of a subject, but more importantly, biographies […]