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Teaching Students to Write and Punctuate Dialogue

Teaching Students to Write and Punctuate Dialogue

I love that my students love to write! They are so creative and come up with some of the best story plots with all the right elements. But there’s just one thing… They tend to overuse the word said when writing dialogue. I often get multiple stories with “he said”, “she said”, I’m sure you […]

The Importance of Teaching Women’s History

The Importance of Teaching Women’s History

In the past 100 years, women have paved the way and earned the right to vote. Women have made great contributions to society. We can all agree that this is huge and so encouraging for every female. We typically honor women in March.  And yes, we should be highlighting in March, but we should also […]

Learning About Lesser-Known Figures in Black History Month

Learning About Lesser-Known Figures in Black History Month

February is Black History Month. It’s the perfect opportunity to discuss the Civil Rights movement with students and the impact that Black History has left on America. But what if we approached teaching it a different way? Most students are educated on the legacies left behind by those such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King […]

THE SECRET TO TEACHING YOUR KIDS TO WRITE SCARY STORIES

THE SECRET TO TEACHING YOUR KIDS TO WRITE SCARY STORIES

You’re terrified. Your heart is pounding, and your chest feels like it’s going to EXPLODE!  You breathe faster and faster as sweat drips from your shaking hands. Are you going to die?  NO.  You’re just listening to a SCARY STORY. Being scared is exciting, right?  If it wasn’t, why would we go on haunted hayrides, […]

PASSION PROJECTS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

PASSION PROJECTS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Passion Projects were a staple in my gifted enrichment classroom in the 1970s.  Back in those days, we called them Type III enrichment activities (Renzulli Enrichment Model) or Independent Studies.  But thankfully, things changed as general education has embraced the concepts of thinking skills, creative production, and talent development. Today we see these activities implemented […]

TURNING RELUCTANT WRITERS INTO AWESOME AUTHORS

TURNING 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 […]