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The Simple View of Reading: What You Need to Know

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Understanding the science of how children learn to read is a necessary component for creating well-rounded classroom instruction. Cognitive psychologists, neuroscientists, and education experts have studied literacy development for decades, creating a wealth of data for educators.

Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension in Your Classroom

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Want More Science of Reading? Check out our seven-part Science of Reading webinar series. Explore how the brain learns to read and get tips for effective, researched-based classroom instruction. Download previous recordings or register for our next session here. We’d love to see you there!

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How to Find Free Books for Your School or Classroom Library

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Building a school or classroom library can be difficult, especially if your school’s funding is low. Before you spend your own money on books, look into organizations that provide teachers with free classroom books.

How Young Is Too Young to Learn to Read?

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The key to lasting success in school is teaching academic skills as soon as a child is ready to learn. But how do we know when they’re ready? Is it ever too early to instill a love of reading ? When Do Children Learn to Read?

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How to Teach Language Structure Skills

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Want More Science of Reading? Check out our seven-part Science of Reading webinar series. Download sessions here to explore how the brain learns to read and get tips for effective, researched-based classroom instruction.

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Ways to Teach Communication Skills in the Classroom

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Want More Science of Reading? Check out our seven-part Science of Reading webinar series. Download sessions here to explore how the brain learns to read and get tips for effective, researched-based classroom instruction.

24 of the Best Children’s Books by Age

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Knowing a book’s recommended grade level can help you find books that best fit children where they are in their literacy development. Not all children in a classroom will read at the same level. But suggested grade levels can help you find books that will strengthen specific reading skills.

Universal Design for Learning: What Educators Need to Know

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As a teacher, one of the best ways to help students is by reducing barriers to learning. One approach that can help you achieve this is the Universal Design for Learning.

Understanding and Teaching Reading Fluency in Your Classroom

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Want More Science of Reading? Check out our seven-part Science of Reading webinar series. Learn how the brain learns to read and get tips for effective, researched-based classroom instruction. Download previous recordings or register for our next session here. We’d love to see you there!

11 Tips and Book Recommendations for Encouraging Reluctant Readers

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Sometimes it can feel like pulling teeth trying to teach reluctant readers to develop their literacy skills. The key to teaching these children is, as with many academic subjects, to inspire a love of learning and get their families involved in their literacy development.

20 Creative Writing Activities for Elementary Students

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Did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month? While your young learners are probably not ready to write an entire book, this month is a great time to practice creative writing skills with your students.

7 Tips for Teaching Students How to Ask Questions in Class

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One of the best ways you can help your students understand a concept is by teaching how to voice their questions as they learn. This not only gives you an opportunity to address areas your students don’t yet understand, it also promotes rich opportunities for classroom discussion.

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9 Tips for Planning Difficult Conversations in the Classroom

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As an educator, it’s both normal and important to guide your students through challenging discussions in class. Your students are affected by social, political, and other topics both in and outside of school.

How to Mix STEM Education and Creativity in the Classroom

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Lately, the three Rs of school have been eclipsed by a focus on STEM education , or Science , Technology , Engineering , and Math. But that doesn’t mean that there’s no room for creativity or the arts in the classroom.

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The Importance of Play in Schools

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Beloved educator and children’s television host Fred Rogers once said , “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.”. There’s more truth to this quote than you might expect.

50 Field Day Games, Activites, and Ideas

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Who doesn’t look forward to field day at the end of the year? Field day means time to unwind and have fun as a class, and it can be a defining memory for many children long after they move on from your classroom. We’ve split this list of 50 fun field day games and activities in two.

15 Classroom Activities, Books, and Resources for Native American Heritage Month

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November is National Native American Heritage Month! Declared a federal event in 1990 , this awareness month is a great reminder to make sure your curriculum includes Indigenous history, current events, and culture.

Understanding, Teaching, and Reaching Digital Native Students—and Digital Native Caregivers

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Over the past couple of decades, teachers have seen a new generation of students: those who have never known a world without the Internet. Many of them grew up immersed in a digital world. They are the digital natives. The earliest digital natives are now sending their own children to school.

15 Activities, Teaching Strategies, and Resources for Teaching Children with Autism

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Because approximately 1 in 59 students are diagnosed with autism, learning how to help students with this disorder in the classroom is so important.[1]

How to Encourage Gender Equity and Equality in the Classroom

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As an elementary school teacher, you may think your students are too young for discussions about gender. But did you know that children as young as four years old already express discriminatory beliefs based on gender?

50 Fun Virtual Activities for Elementary School Students

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Teachers, we know how hard it can be to plan remote activities that are engaging and educational. Luckily, there are plenty of Internet resources available at your fingertips—with options for both synchronous and asynchronous learning-based classrooms.

The Science of Reading: How to Understand and Apply the Basics

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Teaching students to read is so much more than sitting them down in front of a book. It takes an intentional mix of explicit classroom lessons, individualized support, and family engagement to help children develop strong reading skills. But, how do we know what strategies will work best?

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12 of the Best School and Classroom Grants and How to Apply: A Guide for Educators

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School funding issues have been both brought to light and exacerbated due to the COVID-19 crisis. As schools adapt to teaching in these new circumstances, many educators are in need of resources to make their lessons accessible online.

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8 Back to School Prep Tips for Teachers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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For teachers, the first day of school always involves plenty of planning. But this year, the COVID-19 pandemic makes school planning difficult at best and often full of uncertainties.

How to Build Phonological Awareness Skills in Your Classroom

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Want more Science of Reading? Check out our seven-part Science of Reading webinar series. Learn how the brain learns to read and get tips for effective, researched-based classroom instruction. Download previous recordings or register for our next session here. We’d love to see you there!

National Arab American Heritage Month 2021: Classroom Resources and Activities

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April is National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM)! Now is an excellent time to teach your students about the rich culture and contributions of Arab American people throughout history.

Conflict Resolution Techniques You Can Use in Your Classroom

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Conflict: It’s great for drama, and an inescapable part of human progress, but it can make for fraught situations in the classroom. Conflict can happen even in the most supportive, positive, and open classrooms, disrupting your students’ ability to learn.

10 Young People Who Changed the World to Add to Your Class Curriculum

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When we think about modern-day heroes to teach in class, it’s often people who made a difference when they were well into their adult years. But young people can—and often do—make a serious impact on the world.

Using Hybrid and Blended Learning to Promote Student-Centered Classrooms

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to progress, many classrooms remain online in some capacity. Now is a particularly helpful time to consider implementing blended or hybrid learning, two strategies that allow for independent or remote learning.

How to Hold Effective Classroom Discussions

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Classroom discussions can be one of the best ways to boost student engagement. As students discuss their perspectives with each other, they’ll not only solidify their understanding of a topic—they may learn to see it in a new light, too.

How to Encourage Girls in Your Classroom to Get Involved in STEM

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Did you know that despite similar interests and abilities in STEM subjects (defined here as science, technology, engineering, and math), women are considerably less likely to end up in STEM careers?

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8 Goal-Setting Tips for Teachers to Prepare for an Uncertain School Year

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Last week, we provided you with an overview on the importance of setting goals for the school year and how to set SMART goals as a part of your professional development.

How a Two-Generation Approach Can Build Success for Students and Families

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One of the most important factors in a child’s school success, even more so than economic or social status, is parental or family empowerment. How involved caregivers are with a child’s education is the major factor in academic achievement.

How Parent Empowerment Can Change Your Classroom for the Better

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Did you know that when parents play an active role of their child’s education, academic achievement improves, students are more likely to feel confident and self-motivated, and chronic absenteeism drops?

8 Home Learning Tips: How Teachers Can Help Parents Adjust to Remote or Hybrid Learning

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As remote or hybrid learning continues across the country, establishing home learning routines is more crucial than ever. Educators understandably continue to worry about learning gaps caused by COVID-19, but bringing parents into the conversation can be an excellent way to improve outcomes for students who are learning at home. When families learn how to support their children from home—especially during the early learning years—students can develop stronger reading and vocabulary skills.[1]

What Educators Need to know about Social Media, Online Bullying, and Hate Speech in Schools

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The Internet has revolutionized much of modern life, especially when it comes to education. There are benefits when students can learn and socialize in online spaces, but it comes with a dark side. Nearly three out of five U.S. teens say they have been harassed or bullied online.

Celebrating Culturally Diverse Winter Holidays in the Classroom

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For many students, December’s an especially memorable time of year, with winter activities, pageants, and classroom parties during the days before break. In much of America, it can be easy to focus only on the Christmas holidays.

50 Ways to Teach Using Music in Your Classroom

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Music has the power to calm minds, inspire joy, and help people process tough emotions all at once. But did you know that teaching children about music can boost school performance?

How to Help Your Students Learn Healthy Communication Skills

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No matter what the future holds for today’s students, one life skill that’s essential for success in any chosen field—and in life—is the ability to communicate clearly, and to exchange ideas in person, online, or in writing. Why are good communication skills so important?

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10 Popular Educational Trends and What You Need to Know

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The COVID-19 crisis is changing the educational landscape, often in unpredictable ways.

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Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Your Classroom

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“Where are you from?”. Here.”. “OK, OK, but where are you from ?”. This short conversation is common, even in today’s world, and it reinforces that some Americans don’t consider Asian American or Pacific Islander (AAPI) children as completely American.

Ways to Build Media Literacy in Your Students, and Why You Should

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“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.” – Mark Twain (but not really).[1]. Thanks to the Internet, news can travel around the world at the speed of light. So can lies, conspiracy theories, and misinformation.

What You Can Do to Bring Emotional Intelligence Lessons into the Classroom

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You may be aware of a student’s IQ, but what about their EQ (emotional intelligence quotient)? Emotional intelligence is different from cognitive ability, but it can be just as important.[13]