Daily Archives: September 11, 2017

September Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern



It’s September Teacher Talk Time…..Hopefully everyone is off to a great school year with the best classes ever.  We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.
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The Magic of the Good Table
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

What my students taught me about the magic of sitting at the good table. Their perception of what made this table the good one was a great life lesson for me!

9/11 A Teachable Moment in History
By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

I remember September 11 as if it were yesterday. I woke up to a spectacular morning, not a cloud in the deep blue sky. The day was simply perfect.  I went through my usual morning routine, got in my car and drove to work thinking about my class and the kind of day it would be. I arrived at school, went to my room to gather my thoughts and prepare for what was ahead. Soon my students began to trickle into homeroom, announcements over and Channel One, our news channel had ended. We had our morning meeting, switched classes and World History began.Today’s students didn’t experience this and it’s history to them.  Many weren’t born yet and those that were, are too young to remember. It’s up to us to help them understand what happened that day and to never forget. 
Got Game? 3 Tips for Making Games Effective for Learning
By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs

 Using games in the classroom is not a given for learning. Following three key teaching practice while using games WILL guarantee success! Check out the freebie, too!
Building Amazing Digital Portfolios
By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

Would you like to start using digital mportfolios with your kids? Here is a short tutorial on creating and using them in your class with the new Google sites.
3 easy ways to use data in your classroom
 By Katie De Leon of A Basket Full of Apples by Katie

 Do you use data in the classroom? Do you have your students use data? Using data can really help drive your instruction and help your students take ownership of their learning. There are many different ways that you can use data in your classroom.
Increase the Good Behavior in Your Classroom
By Sally Hansen of Purposeful Plans

Classroom management must be under control before learning can take place. You can have the best idea for a lesson, but without successful classroom management, it will more than likely flop. A well-managed classroom is more productive and will keep you from getting frazzled later on in the school year.
It’s football season again. How much do you know about Traumatic Brain 
By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz

It’s football season again, and the start of driver’s ed. How much do you know about brain safety and how to educate kids with TBI?
Teaching Newcomers Doesn’t Have To Be Stressful
By Rebecca Olsen of 2LivNlearn

Do you have a Newcomer or Non-English speaking student in your class? Don’t stress! Instead follow these tried and true steps for a smooth transition for you
Teach Kids to Listen the First Time
By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

As students progress through school, listening skills receive less instruction with each progressive year. Read about a format to help teach you kids to listen to you the first time!
Patricia Polacco, The Wonderful Author
By Shana of The Thrill of Third Grade

Patricia Polacco is one of my all-time favorite children’s authors.
Painless Problem Solving Daily Routine
By Greg and Cheryl Litton of Learning Resources for Teachers

Do you struggle with teaching problem solving? Wouldn’t it be great if your students were excited about problem solving every day? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your students thought problem solving was FUN?
Assessment Shortcuts
By Michelle Webb of Those Who Love Teaching

Learn tips and tools to assess your students. Strategies for making authentic assessment part of your teaching.
Apples or Oranges, Handwriting, Practice or Instruction?
By Thia Triggs of Print Path

Too often we as well-meaning parents or educators, because we want our children to be highly successful, skip steps and stages that children need.  Understanding these key steps for children will help us to provide them with tools vital for written language skills and lifelong learning. 
I Love You California
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching

I’m always surprised when my students seem to not know much about their city, let alone the state they live in.  A terrific way to assess what your students know before you begin to teach geography is to ask them to draw their state and everything and anything they know about it. They are encouraged to label cities, attractions, bordering states, etc.
Targeting High Achievers in Middle School Math
By Dr. Crystal Brown of Teaching to Change the World

In every classroom, there are students with varying levels of understanding regardless of the content. Teachers have a enormous task of reaching all those levels to help them meet or exceed the learning standards. Math is a subject that presents challenges for teachers to differentiate instruction.


Argumentative Writing Peer Editing Checklist CCSS Aligned for Grades 6th-12th

Argumentative Writing Peer Editing Checklist CCSS Aligned for Grades 6th-12th

The 3 peer editing checklists are very detailed (for a 5, 7, & 9 paragraph essay) created for the progressing writer. Excellent for mixed or leveled classes to give students individualized instruction. Practical and easy to understand. Students will know what is expected of them and they will have opportunities to reflect on their work.

<strong>Included in this resource:</strong>
✓ How I Use This Resource
<strong>5, 7, &amp; 9 Paragraphs (with and without CCSS Listed)</strong>
✓ Peer Editing Checklist – Half Pages
✓ Peer Editing Checklist – Full Pages
✓ Terms of Use
✓ Graphics and Fonts Credit

*Peer edits for students to share and learn from each other.
*It’s a very detailed checklist.
*For a 5, 7, &amp; 9 paragraph argumentative essay.
*Checklists are full &amp; half page PDF format.
*Can print checklists front and back to save on paper.
*Practical and easy to understand checklist for teachers and students.
*Great for mixed or leveled classes to give students individualized instruction.
*Add CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6-12.6 by having students research the Internet and type up the essay to implement technology for a cross-curricular assignment.
*Add CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6-12.7 &amp; W.6-12.8 by having students conduct a research project by assigning a prompt. Have them gather relevant information through printed or digital sources. Be sure to have them add a bibliography.
*6-12th Grade Common Core Aligned.
*Peer Edit Checklist: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6-8.1,W.6-8.4,W.6-8.5

<strong>The way I use this resource…</strong>
In writing, I scaffold and model information to my students. Each class is different and each year is different; therefore, I can’t do everything the same each time I teach the same subject. I start with the basic rubric and introduce 1-3 new concepts each essay. Once I introduce a concept, I hold students accountable for the concepts I taught. If it appears that the majority of the class does not understand the concept, I do not hold them accountable and I reteach the concept. I try not to stifle their creativity by focusing on spelling, capitalization, and punctuation during the first two terms of school depending on the class. I also can easily use the 6 traits of writing with the rubrics. Make sure a topic that is relevant, relatable, and the reasons are researchable is chosen.
Then I introduce the peer editing checklist. I have students pair up and exchange papers. I have clipboards students can use while they sit around the room for this activity. It’s important for you to model for the students how to peer edit. Many times students just want to be nice and not give feedback. However, this is a great opportunity for students to read each others essays and learn from each other. I try not to let the same students peer edit with each other every time in order for students to view a variety of styles over the school year. Depending on the class, I may start the school year off by requiring a 5 paragraph essay and work our way up to a 7 paragraph.
Happy Teaching!

Rhythm in Poetry



Rhythm in Poetry


Product Description

Teach students the importance of rhythm in poetry.

This lesson includes Emily Dickenson’s “If I Could Not Stop for Death” as well as Pearl Jam’s “Last Kiss” lyrics to discover (hands on) the importance of rhythm in poetry. Often, Language Arts teachers are weaker in this area because it is a little more technical than merely looking at the language.

The lesson includes:
– a detailed lesson plan for the teacher
– student notes (the poems) and activities
– an annotated copy of the poems as well as a comprehensive answer key

The entire unit contains 6 pages and it will most likely take two periods to complete.

This lesson is part of a larger unit:
Click here for a preview of the Poetry Unit for senior Students unit

I hope you enjoy it!

I hope you enjoy your purchase!

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
6 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Articulation Tic Tac Toe Game for /p/ sound – Freebie”

by The SLT Scrapbook

Kindergarten – 5th Grade



This articulation game freebie helps students practice their /p/ speech sounds in a fun and engaging way!

If you like the look of this freebie, why not check out our other products in this range!
Articulation Tic Tac Toe- Growing Bundle!
Articulation Tic Tac Toe- /k g t d/ sounds
Articulation Tic Tac Toe- /f v s z/ sounds

This pack contains no prep ‘Tic Tac Toe’ game boards for the /p/ sound- there are 6 boards in total- 2 boards for each position (word initial, medial and final!). Both color & black and white boards are provided. The game is not seasonally themed, so it is perfect for use all year round! The black & white pages are great used as homework too!

There is no preparation required; just print and go (cut the pages in half to separate the two boards if desired). The boards can also be laminated for durability.

How to play
The game is played like ‘Tic Tac Toe’. Players take it in turns to choose one word from the board, they have to say the word correctly 3 times, then they can cover the picture up using either a counter or a O/X mark. The winner is the first person to get three pictures joined in a row, either vertically, horizontally or diagonally.

This product is for individual, personal use, by you, in your classroom/therapy sessions only.
You are free to print off your own copies to use with your students, but please do not sell, share or claim as your own. If you wish to share with your colleagues, please purchase an additional license for each person you wish to share with (additional licenses are available at 50% off).
If you want to link to this product, that is fine to do so, but please let us know either via the blog, Facebook or email- thesltscrapbook@gmail.com.
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