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6 Ways to Help Students Develop a Growth Mindset

How we communicate with our intermediate and middle school students on a daily basis can have a significant impact on their ability to develop a growth mindset.

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How to Build a Word Knowledge Toolbox

Upper intermediate and middle school students can enhance their reading comprehension by focusing on six areas of word knowledge. It’s a simple fact…

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Teaching Poetry Writing in 3 Easy Steps

Teaching students poetry writing doesn’t have to be complicated. With three easy steps and a no-prep resource, you’ll be ready in no time! Roses are

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Teaching Students How to Rock Email Etiquette

Teaching middle school students proper email etiquette will prepare them for long-term personal, academic, and professional success. We’ve all been there.

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Reading Response: Authentic Activities for Summary and Reflection

Authentic reading response activities motivate students to read, summarize, and reflect on a text. These elements are vital to building strong readers and

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What Reading Comprehension Strategies Do Good Readers Use?

When students use reading comprehension strategies, they are actively reading, which is essential for their understanding of any text. The ability to comprehend

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Sustained Silent Reading: How to Set Students Up for Success

Sustained Silent Reading strengthens our students’ love of reading. We must provide time during the school day to read for enjoyment if we want them to be

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4 Benefits of Journal Writing in the Classroom (and a freebie)

Reap the benefits of journal writing with one free month of prompts for grades 4-6 in digital and printable formats. Motivate students to write and build their

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Free Tools to Implement Open-Ended Projects in Your Classroom

Open-ended projects offer creative ways for students to practice skills and show understanding of a topic while having choice and independence in the language

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How to Improve Vocabulary with the List-Group-Label Strategy

With the List-Group-Label strategy, students are actively engaged as they collaborate to list, group, and label words from any list. Many aspects of

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How to Help Students Set Their Own SMART Goals

SMART goals can be a powerful tool to help students set personal and academic goals, monitor their progress, and reflect on their growth. You’ve most likely

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How to Structure Small Group Discussions in the ELA Classroom

To foster effective small group discussions about literature, set your students up for success with clear guidelines, high-quality prompts, and discussion mats for

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