• How to Organize Your Picture Books with a Google Sheet

    I absolutely love picture books for teaching and modeling reading skills. But you know what? I can’t afford to buy them all. I can’t even remember which ones I have, which ones I use for what skill, or if I borrowed them from a friend. The struggle is real, my friends. Several years ago, I […]

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  • Free Evaluation Checklist for Special Education Teachers

    How many special education evaluations do you have during one school year? I average about 20-30. And I must say, it is HARD to manage at times. This year, I started using a checklist to help keep my special education evaluations organized. You can download this printable for FREE by clicking here! After downloading the […]

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  • 4 Mentor Texts for Teaching Compare & Contrast

    I absolutely LOVE to teach students to compare and contrast. I can’t explain it, but I love to take books that are obviously similar and pick them apart. I also love trying to find similarities between two very different books.  I like to introduce comparing and contrasting by using classic stories that many of my […]

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  • 4 Mentor Texts for Teaching Synthesizing

    Teaching students to recognize when a synthesis is happening is DIFFICULT! Like seriously, it was a really hard concept for me to wrap my mind around as a reader. Over time though, I began to see that nearly all characters in a story with a decent plot make some type of change over time. As […]

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  • A Quick Anchor Chart for Organizing Background Knowledge

    Taking a few minutes to access background knowledge can be an essential part of improving reading comprehension. Research shows that our brains need somewhere “to go” with the information as we read. Simply reminding students to think about their background knowledge isn’t enough. For my special education students, I wanted a way to allow them […]

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  • 4 Mentor Texts for Teaching 1st & 3rd Person

    In my early years of teaching upper elementary, I struggled to help my students understand the difference of 1st and 3rd person in a story. Honestly, I think I overcomplicated it! I began having my students determine WHO was telling the story based on the pronouns used and the information that was given. Using a […]

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