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Start the New Year with Free Classroom Printables from Shoelace

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The start of a new year often marks a time for reflection, setting goals, and embracing fresh opportunities. For educators, this transition back into the classroom after the holidays presents a wonderful chance to inspir…

How to Approach Students Starting the School Year Below Reading Level

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It’s time for a new school year to begin – a fresh start for everyone! The beginning of the year is an exciting time to get settled in with your new group of scholars. There is usually a little underlying anxiety about what that group will hold. A few questions…

Lesson Planning: How Early is too Early?

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One of the most time-consuming parts of teaching is lesson planning and prep work. People who don’t teach often speak of how nice the schedule must be—getting home earlier than most jobs, no need to sit at a desk all day, and, most importantly, those summers off! What people don’t…

Class Missions: Battle Monsters & Build Literacy

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Class Missions, one of our favorite Premium Plan features, are coming to all educators for free  next week for a free trial from May 9th-13th, 2022. To get started, here's an overview of what they are, how to use them in your class, and some cool ideas from other educators to get the most out of them.

12 Ways to Encourage More Reading Time

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While everyone loves to relax in the summer heat and have lots of fun, it is also a time where our learning can slow down or stop completely. This phenomena is called the “summer slide”. While this is something we all should avoid, we’ve come up with some ways to…

Summer Slide and How to Prevent It

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What is the Summer Slide? The “summer slide” is a reading skills learning loss from children not maintaining their reading activities over summer. The average student falls behind one month’s worth of reading skills during the summer. As well as children in low income households losing double that. This is…

How Students are Learning at Home with Dreamscape

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Melissa Saisuwan is a Grade 7 ELAR Teacher at Wichita Falls Independent School District in Wichita Falls, Texas Melissa discovered Dreamscape accidentally while looking for ways to help her struggling students with gaps in their learning. How and when do you use Dreamscape with your students? I usually use Dreamscape…

What is Dreamscape?

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Dreamscape is a free reading comprehension game designed to instill a love of reading in students from grades 2-8. By about grade 6, most kids feel like they know whether they like reading or not. Unfortunately, elementa…

2020 Back to School: Classroom Supplies for COVID-19

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With the uncertainty of in-class learning resuming in the fall, preparing for the start of the school year is going to be challenging, especially when it relates to protecting your kiddos. Thankfully, the CDC has released a list of considerations that can be added to existing school rules and regulations to…

How to Handle Technology in the Classroom

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We are living in a time where we are experiencing rapid technological changes, and it can be a challenge to integrate these new technologies into a classroom setting. Computer technology is becoming more important in the classroom as a tool to stimulate good teaching and learning practices. Computers, the internet,…