Post-Reading Teaching Strategies

Some surefire ways to ensuring that your students achieve full reading comprehension include employing various teaching strategies that prompt students to summarize, reflect, and apply what they’ve just read.

Today on, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox examines several teaching strategies for teachers to try today to boost reading comprehension, including:

  • Exit slips
  • Frame routine
  • And more!

What after-reading strategies do you like to use in your classroom? Do you have favorites that work well in your classroom?

Winter Teaching Ideas

Your holiday break is an optimal time to begin preparing for wintertime lesson plans (if you haven’t devised them yet, that is).

Our winter teaching ideas, written by contributor Janelle Cox, include learning about animals in winter, learning about various winter holiday celebrations, and reading winter-themed books and stories, which include:

  • “The Winter Solstice Paperback” by Ellen Jackson
  • “Lights of Winter: Winter Celebrations Around the World” by Heather Conrad
  • “All About Hanukkah” by Madeline Wikler
  • And more!

Do you have any winter teaching ideas or activities that you would like to share?

Bring Play into the Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards have been tagged as being complicated, overly dogmatic, and inconsequential, among other things. The Common Core State Standards have never, to our knowledge, been lumped in with anything “fun.”

But today on, regular writer Janelle Cox asserts that despite the Standards’ stodgy reputation, elements of “play” can still make their way into a Common Core State Standards-based classroom.

Some ideas:

    Create Learning Stations
    Have a Fun Friday
    Create Choice Boards

How do you incorporate play into your Common Core Classroom? Do you have any fun ideas that you would like to share?