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Word Work Wednesday

As educators, we know and understand the importance of vocabulary instruction, but we don’t always have the time to make our vocabulary activities engaging and meaningful. Sometimes it may be because of time constraints, other times, it may be that we are just having a hard time coming up with new activities. So, for today’s […]

How do we intervene with our kids?

As testing season approaches, classrooms across the state are hunkering down and making last ditch efforts to prepare students for the state assessments. The question boils down to this: are these last-ditch efforts really working? The reason the question is asked is because if the strategies and instructional approaches used during this crunch are so […]

Connect Through Giving

The holidays are here!  Thanksgiving is a time of reflection for me and quite possibly for you as well.  I am reminded of the many blessings I’m given daily, and the privilege I have to share those blessings with those around me.  The holidays are a time to connect with family and friends.  Your family […]

Connections are the Key!

Welcome to the new year!  I hope everyone’s year has gotten off to a great start.  I know that, for me, this year is the start of many new and exciting adventures, both personally and professionally.  As many of you know, last year was quite a devastating year for me, and BOY!…did I ever learn […]

Year Four EOC…Here We Come!

We are only days away from EOC testing! I am certain everyone is attempting to remind students of the best reading and writing strategies, tackling short answers and reminding students of essay writing tips, etc.  Here’s a last minute reminder of the Big Four reading skills:  making connections, author’s craft, text evidence, and understanding the […]

How are we addressing the needs of our ELL students?

Throughout Texas schools, each year, more and more students participate in the Bilingual/ESL programs. As educators, we have become accustomed to this trend. But, just because we are accustomed to the trend, does this mean that we are really meeting the needs of our ELL students in the classrooms? We hear the phrase “best practices” […]

With “Empty Nest,” Comes New Discovery

As the parents of a freshman in college, my husband and I have entered the “empty nest” season of our lives. I frequently find myself asking “Did I do all I could’ve done to prepare him for college?” “Can he wash his own clothes? Will he keep his dorm room cleaner than his room at […]

What if…

What if this year we all said “my kids can” rather than “my kids can’t”? Too often we fall into the trap of believing that our students can’t meet our expectations and so we make the mistake of lowering the bar. What if we all believed that our students can learn at the appropriate grade […]

Welcome….to your best year!

Can you believe it is August and time for school to start?!  This time of year always excites me.  I am one of those people who still gets giddy about buying new school supplies, and I don’t even have a classroom anymore.  This year, I am more excited than I have been in a while.  […]

fREADom!

Since it is July—the month of fireworks and freedom celebrations—I thought it would be a good time to also celebrate FREADOM! You know….freedom to read…whatever you want. Summer and Freadom are special to me personally because (as you will remember if you read my previous post “A Word from a Rebellious Reader”) the summer of […]