Sunday, August 9, 2015

BTS Blog Hop

We can't believe summer is coming to an end. We have been working hard all summer planning new things to try in our classrooms this year. 

Amy is excited to start her 3rd year in the same grade. This is her first time being able to teach 3 years in the same grade. This will allow her to implement more close reading and cooperative learning strategies because she is familiar with the first grade core standards. 

Tatum is making the move from 1st grade to 4th grade. The change will be new and rewarding! She can't wait to motivate her students while integrating close reading strategies with drama, art, storytelling, movement and more! She is most excited to watch this type of integration support her students as they grow to become excellent writers.

As a curriculum coach Emily is excited to implement a school-wide math RTI program. She spent the past 2 years building a successful reading intervention program, which has had a dramatic impact on student achievement.  She can't wait to see what happens with math intervention. 

Together we have created our 5 best back to school tips:

  1. Spend the first 6 weeks modeling procedures. Then practice, practice, practice! Don't ever stop practicing and reviewing. 
  2. Stay organized. 
  3. Greet your students at the door every morning. This will have an immediate impact on your classroom culture. Your students will feel welcomed and safe the moment they arrive. 
  4. Take advantage of the resources that are available to you. Find resources that are already aligned with the core standards. 
  5. Find opportunities for students to participate in authentic writing tasks.  Use your daily classroom lessons and experiences as springboards for student writing.  (Think history, science, field trips, assemblies, guest speakers, the first snowy day.... the sky is the limit!)  
If you are looking for one new idea to try this school year, THIS IS IT!

We worked all summer to find a way to provide teachers with the tools to create their own lessons to teach close reading and writing about text. This lesson planning guide goes far beyond highlighting passages and helps you plan that perfect close reading and writing lesson using ANY informational text you choose.  Stick with these 5 steps and your student’s work with blow you away! To learn more about the 5 steps click here to visit our blog post.

We love completing close reads in our classrooms and these text coding bookmarks come in handy. You can grab our close reading text coding book marks for free here

Teaching is the only profession that allows time for reflection and then gives you the opportunity to change, to start completely over. Remember, if something isn't working in your classroom you can change it! If you didn't get the results you were seeking now is the time to try something new.

Check out all of these terrific teacher bloggers who are giving away great back to school products. 

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-Amy, Tatum, and Emily 


  1. thank you for these wonderful tips and ideas!

  2. You have some great ideas! Thanks for sharing.
    Sandra's Savvy Teaching Tips

  3. I love the text coding bookmark! It will be very useful this year.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Sarah :)

  4. My goal for this year is to stay organized! I worked really hard to get organized at the beginning of the year so I have to stay organized! Thanks for the tips!