My Teaching Bag – A Love Story

Just a traveling teacher and her backpack

Every teacher has his or her favorite go-to items.  I always enjoy hearing about what other teachers carry with them (literally…not figuratively because that’s a whole different blog post for another day).  I’m a traveling teacher, a.k.a. I walk between my office and my outside mobile classroom at least five times a day, so I […]

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Teaching Students to Write a Synthesis Essay

Writing instruction is challenging, yet rewarding.  Synthesis, an important common core skill, occurs when several sources are used and evaluated.  This typically occurs in expository writing where researched sources are brought together to prove a thesis statement or answer an inquiry question.  After reading to understand different sources and arguments, students often struggle with bringing them […]

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Creating Meaningful Questions

Teach students to write thoughtful questions using sentence stems.

James Stephens once said, “we get wise by asking questions, and even if these are not answered, we get wise, for a well-packed question carries its answer on its back as a snail carries its shell.” To ask a “well-packed” question; yes, that’s what I want my students to know and be able to do. But how? […]

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You Need to Know This Google Docs Research Tip

Google Docs is a great platform for student collaboration, writing, and teacher feedback.  It is what my students use for all of their written compositions as it is used in Google Classroom.  As students are writing, though, did you know that there is a power-packed tool to help them seamlessly integrate research, images, and even […]

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