Checklist for Text Types

Checklist for Text Types

Did you know that by high school, kids should be reading 80% informational text and 20% literature? Yep. It’s a pretty shocking number! But, I bet you have more in place than you might think!  This free resource was designed to give you a simple way to map out exactly what text you’re teaching andContinue Reading

How to Teach Kids to Take Notes – Part 2

How to Teach Kids to Take Notes – Part 2

If you’re anything like me, you know that one of the highest priorities right now in education is to prepare kids for critical thinking and deep analysis. As I watch kids struggle to critically think or deeply analyze something, I realize that whether they’re reading something, listening to someone give a speech or viewing aContinue Reading

How to Teach Kids to Take Notes – Part 1

How to Teach Kids to Take Notes – Part 1

I was a pretty mediocre student.  At best!  I wasn’t super motivated by good grades, but I also realize in my adult life that I actually lacked a couple of very important student-like skills that would’ve really helped me! I went to college not really knowing how to take notes – every single word onContinue Reading

How to Teach Kids to Decode a Writing Prompt – The Audience

How to Teach Kids to Decode a Writing Prompt – The Audience

  Earlier this month I wrote my first blog (of three) about how to teach kids to decode a writing prompt or longer response question.  Today’s installment is how to teach kids to decode what AUDIENCE they’re writing to – like I said in my earlier post, half of the battle is getting kids toContinue Reading