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5 Easy Steps to an Organized Classroom Library

Whether starting from scratch or looking to improve your current setup, these steps will help you create an organized classroom library that works for you and

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5 Websites with Free Reading Passages and Question Sets

High-quality reading passages and question sets can serve as vital tools to improve reading comprehension, expose students to various topics and text types, and help

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How to Handle Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom

Manage challenging behaviors in your intermediate or middle school classroom with strategies that create a positive learning environment for all students.

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How to Build Your Classroom Library on the Cheap

A well-stocked classroom library can be a treasure trove for students, but budgets can be tight. Fear not! There are ways for teachers to get free and

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How to Help Your Students Succeed with Independent Reading

Independent reading involves skills that our intermediate and middle-level students may or may not have when they come to us. As language arts teachers, it is our

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How to Increase Engagement While Analyzing a Text

For some students, analyzing a text can be as exciting as watching paint dry. So why not get them actively engaged with what they’re reading and spice it up a bit?

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6 Effective Ways to Calm the Classroom

With all of today’s distractions, being able to calm the classroom can be challenging. It is important, however, that we create a peaceful and conducive learning

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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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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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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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