Self-Care

Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Learning how to cope with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Research tells us that children and adults benefit greatly from consistent and deliberate self-care activities. Learning how to take care of ourselves regularly…

Flexible Learning Environments

Innovative classroom transformations are on the rise! Many teachers are investing their own resources, including time, money and materials, towards creating thoughtful, efficient, and sometimes even magical academic settings for students. Dramatic HGTV-style classroom makeovers tantalize us on social media, whisking away the industrial era of public school interior design and seating us comfortably–finally–in the…

Target Notes

Purpose:This graphic organizer is designed to help students expand their thinking while focusing on a main idea, topic, or concept. Target Notes ask students to consider what is at the center of the inquiry. What is the student is aiming to discover? Designed to scaffold students’ thinking, the center circle holds the main idea, topic,…

Literacy Center Resources

Literacy Centers are an exciting, self-motivational way to enhance, develop, or extend learning within a classroom. At literacy centers, students work alone or interact with one another using instructional materials to explore and expand their learning (Diller, 2003).  

Literacy: 5 Non-Negotiables

Have you ever encountered that one student that, instantly, you knew you’d never forget?  I’m not talking about the coolest kid, the dainty little princess or even the local Doogie Howser type.  I’m talking about that one kid who connected with you in a way no other student ever could—the student who stretched you as…