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Inspiring little writers one word at a time
Spoonful of Sugar
Teaching units for math, science, social studies and reading
Once Upon A Classroom by Erin Palleschi
Great hands on resources for kinders, firsties and more!
Third Grade Doodles
Elementary School Resources for Teachers and Homeschoolers
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Systematic Approach to Helping Struggling Readers by Kimberly Gillow Can there be a systematic way to help struggling readers in the primary grades? With a resounding, "YES!" Kimberly will cover how to assess struggling readers, plan for instruction and provide intervention. With promises to being full of funky, fun ideas for reading intervention that are consistent enough to provide repetition that struggling readers need to succeed - you're sure to enjoy learning this approach that you can use right away!
Presentation Length: 55:47 in 4 parts
Great job! Thank you for your insight and tips for the classroom! I am a Reading Specialist in a Grades 2-5 building and I always like to see the Word Work ideas and center activities teachers use in early primary classrooms. I love the "Flip It" game and will be sure to try that with my 2nd grade struggling reader groups! I will be sure to share a few of the ideas with my 2nd grade classroom teachers as well, since many have struggling readers who still need help with basic word families and sight words. :)
Kimberly, thank you so much for the time and effort that went into this presentation! I really enjoyed listening to your thoughts, advice, and ideas. My Master's is in Literacy so I was really excited and happy to hear everything you had to say. I especially loved all of your game ideas and the practice of keeping the games the same but changing the target. What a great idea!
Kimberly, thank you, thank you, thank you (note the repetition) for your awesome presentation videos!! They were very helpful on what I can use in the future with students :) I can't wait to make my own collection of games. You have such great and creative ideas!
Hi Kimberly, Just dropping by to say a big thank you for your presentation at the Everything's Primary expo. I teach in Australia, and although our reading programs may differ slightly, the aims and goals for students remain the same and I found your ideas very inspiring. I teach a Prep/1 (kindergarten and first grade) class and I'm going to implement some of your strategies to support my struggling readers. Thanks again!
What a wonderful presentation! You provided so many great teaching tips for reading and you were very thorough- I loved that! I can't wait to try them out with my own kids next week! I know it's currently a VERY busy season in your personal life. THANK YOU for all of your work you put towards this expo to help educators and their students.
Getting Prepared and Organized for Guided Math by Dana Richliew Two, Four, Six, Eight... Guided math can be great! Meeting student needs in small groups can be done successfully in math in the primary grades. Join with Dana as she leads you through how to create and find resources for mini-lessons and centers. She'll share her tips on how to group students and ideas for setting up your classroom for small group instruction. Learn how to store and organize materials. It's all covered here, so be sure to tune in
Presentation Length: 34:31 in 6 parts
Hey Dana! Your presentation really has helped me see what I want to do with my first classroom! I want to be just as organized as you are especially being a Special Education teacher this will really help my students work on those skills they might struggle with! I am student teaching right now and will have a job in the Fall! I am so glad I got all of those wonderful tips from you this morning! Thank you so much for everything you have done for this expo! I enjoyed hearing you speak!
Dana, thank you so much for all the time and effort that went into this presentation! It truly was a joy to watch. I'm currently a substitute teacher waiting for my first full time job and even though that can be frustrating at times, it's things like this Virtual Teaching Expo that make me sure I'm waiting for a good reason. I can't wait to use some of these ideas with my goddaughter - she's in third grade and struggling a little bit with math - thanks so much for all the wonderful ideas!
Dana!! I just finished watching your videos! Thank you for sharing all of your ideas and tips for guided math! I know teaching math can be crazy and frustrating at time but your organizing strategies will definitely help me stay focused! PS- I also share your love for laminators!! I had my Walmart one for over 2 years now and I'm surprised it hasn't died on me yet!
I really needed this presentation! I have been trying to implement guided math in my classroom this school year and was in need of some fresh material! Thanks so much! (P.S. I am also a big fan of your blog and ideas!)
I also really enjoyed your presentation and am excited to revamp my math class to include your ideas. I was wondering the same thing as Patrice above - What do the kids do if they finish early? I struggle with this during my reading centers. This was my first expo and all parts were very useful. The freebies were a great bonus. I was really excited to see your unit on fractions as I am starting that in two weeks but I am having trouble with the download. Graphics are there but all the numbers appear as blacked out. ? Could it be because I am on a Mac and am missing something? Ideas? Thanks! Again, great job!! :)
Foldable Factory by Mor Zrihen You're sure to enjoy this hands-on presentation that focuses on the use of foldables in the classroom. What are foldables? Foldables are 3D Graphic Organizers that will help you differentiate instruction in your classroom and offer your students a hands-on opportunity to participate in lessons and kinesthetically learn the concept. Learn why using foldables can transform your classroom into an enhanced learning factory! Mor will reveal the tips and tricks of folding to you!
Presentation Length: 93:40 in 11 parts
That was fun! Great presentation. I LOVED that you focused on management first. "Now you..." is a great cue! Such a nice variety of different foldables too. Now I have an armload of different possibilities for different curricular areas.
I think I will jump in with a science foldable on Monday!
Sometimes it's the littlest thing... I love the "pinch technique" for folding thirds. Many of my kids will fold a paper in half and then wonder why there aren't thirds! (So much for my math instruction, huh?!) And video too... You're amazing! (As usual!)
WOW! Your presentation was wonderful! I am so inspired and ready to get going with some of these. I teach students with behavior disorders so the more fun and interactive I can make a lesson the more they will buy in to what they are supposed to be learning. I feel like I have some wonderful ideas now that I can't wait to try out!
Thanks for the great presentation! I enjoyed the review of different foldables we use in our school- I like that you are teaching different vocabulary- I think I can do that too :) I became a new follower of your blog. Your students were very well behaved- great to see that from sixth graders :)
Hi Mor! Thank you for the awesome step by step presentation about foldables!! I loved how you added the video at the end! :) I am definitely going to incorporate "Now YOU" into lessons. Thanks for all of your hard work!
I really loved your presentation, Mor! I love how you can use foldables in all content areas and I appreciate all the examples you gave for us to be creative with them. I will definitely be using these with my class!
Classroom Management in the Primary Grades by Mel D Have you caught yourself asking how many days till school is out? Have you found yourself collapsing from mental exhaustion at 5 pm on a school night? Classroom management is vital with a capital V! Mel D will be the first to admit the first several years of her teaching career felt like maintaining a zoo. She has discovered what works to establish and maintain a pleasant, structured and organized learning environment for everyone! With tips and tricks that you can implement any time throughout the year, you'll have this vital piece ready to fit the needs of your active primary learners.