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Quick Tips – May 2015

Color coding is a fun technique that allows students to be accountable to applying the skills they’ve been taught. For example, if they’re writing an expository piece, you might ask them to underline the lead in red, topic sentence in blue, main idea sentences in green, ‘what does it look like? why is that important?’ in […]


Teaching Grammar and Mechanics in those Extra Ten Minute Slots

You’ve just wrapped up a reading lesson, and in about ten minutes it’ll be time to head off to art. Or music. Or wherever. Or, it might be the interminable stretch of time between when the school buses line up, bus numbers are called, and the kids file out to board. Not enough time to […]