Up Your Reading Game with @commonlit

Reading is fundamental. We know this, the challenge is finding resources to use to help teach fundamental skills to our students. We like a variety of resources/tools to use to help engage students. Some of them hit the mark, some of them miss, and some you wonder if they are worth the effort. Commonlit.org is one that certainly hits the mark.

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Teach Non-Fiction like a PRO with @Newsela Pro

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We have used Newsela for a long time. Until this year, we always used the free version, which is great. We were blessed enough to have our school purchase the PRO subscription. The question is, are the differences worth the cost? Continue reading

Does Competition Have a Place in the Classroom?

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Tis the season of the testing, falalala la la la laaaa. (yes, sing it to the tune). Let’s face it, testing is real. We can all sit on our high horses and say what we want about state testing, common core testing, or whatever brand of testing you happen to give… but it is a fact of life. With testing comes a certain sense of competition. The question, however, is whether or not competition has a place in the classroom. Continue reading