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Shared Writing ... follow-up
I'm really starting to see a big difference in my students since spending more time on their phonics and writing rather than all our time on reading. Not only are most writing independently now - but their reading is also bumping up! Parents are also excite...

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Shared Writing for Early Writers
I teach a group of Senior Kindergarten and Grade 1 students. When it comes to writing, my students mainly struggle with: - sound segmentation ("sounding it out") - encoding (assigning letters to the sounds they hear) - writing full ideas (complete sentences...

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Shared Writing for Early Writers
I teach a group of Senior Kindergarten and Grade 1 students. When it comes to writing, my students mainly struggle with: - sound segmentation ("sounding it out") - encoding (assigning letters to the sounds they hear) - writing full ideas (complete sentences...

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Shared Writing for Early Writers
I teach a group of Senior Kindergarten and Grade 1 students. When it comes to writing, my students mainly struggle with: - sound segmentation ("sounding it out") - encoding (assigning letters to the sounds they hear) - writing full ideas (complete sentences...

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Math Routine
We have a class set of individual whiteboards and a variety of dry-erase markers. The whiteboards are stored in a milk crate in our classroom. On one side of the board, I've used packing tape to add a number line from 0-10. You could easily add number lines...

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Assessment and Tracking
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I've always had a hard time with assessments and keeping track of them - especially after changing my beliefs on tests and moving down to the primary grades - where it's more about observations and conversations. In previous years, I used class list and ass...

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My Literacy Block
I've been asked a lot lately about what my literacy block looks like. I've toyed around with it a lot to find out what works for me and is easily-adaptable for occasional teachers who come to my classroom. I found something that I had high yields with, inco...

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