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Strategies for struggling writers in higher grades

Strategies for struggling writers in higher grades

I used to teach year 3 (2nd grade) and while the majority of students were really good writers, some still struggled. In the lower year groups there are lots of measures in place which support and help the class. When the children get older it can be harder to use these as they might consider them babyish or they just not useful for older ages.  Here are some of the strategies I have used with older children, they not only encourage them to write but also to help build their confidence with English lessons. No mistake writing The idea behind...

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Teacher bloggers to read

Teacher bloggers to read

I read a LOT of blogs. I like to relax and catch up with the things my other teachers have to say. Sometimes it is just for new display ideas, teaching methods or just pure entertainment!    Here are the teaching blogs that I like to read: Teach Create Motivate I really enjoy this blog, there are lots of fun activities and discussion points   Teachers Resource Force Although this lovely lady is secondary, she still has lots of great things to say that relates to many teachers no matter what age you teach.    Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings This is...

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Look after your teacher bestie!

Look after your teacher bestie!

  Teaching is a tiring job! We are all exhausted and need to lean on each other. At difficult times your co-workers are the best people in place to understand the problems you face at work.  Often teachers can feel isolated and with more teachers leaving the profession every day we need to look after the ones we have left! With this in mind here are some ideas to build strong relationships and to look after the other teachers in your school - you never know who might turn into your teacher-bestie!  Make sure leadership know about problems - I know...

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Behaviour from Day One

Behaviour from Day One

Well hello! Sorry it has been such a long time since I posted, this time of year everything else seems to take over! Now over here in the UK there is still one week of term left until summer but for my lovely American friends lots of you are getting ready to go back! With that in mind I wanted to talk about setting your behaviour expectations from day one! So here are my helpful tips for getting off on the right foot with your new class. 1 - Discuss the rules with your class I know this might sound...

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Why teaching is a lot like running!

Why teaching is a lot like running!

Firstly a bit of background. I guess I am now considered a 'runner' I run every other day for 30 minutes except on Sundays when I let myself have the day off even if I didn't run on Saturday! I never used to run at all I was slightly overweight, I have asthma and I DO NOT enjoy exercise. At all really.... Hmmmm I started running because I was told I would get healthier, which I did. I was also told I would start to love it, which I don't! Today as I ran cursing myself for not running yesterday, so...

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