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Using Literature Circles in the Upper Elementary Classroom

New to literature circles in the upper elementary classroom?  Check out this post with easy ways you can use literature circles effectively with your students!  #literaturecircles #teachingreading

Veteran teachers would agree that a major component to successful reading instruction is variety.  Variety in the types of books your students read, variety in how you present new skills and strategies, and variety in the ways that students interact with books and each other.

If your reading instruction is looking for a bit of a shake up, then literature circles might be just the variety that you and your students need to breathe new life into your reading block together!

First implemented in the 1980’s, literature circles are meant to encourage student-centered discussions. They also provide a more flexible atmosphere. In literature circles, students are allowed greater choice of what they study, and greater independence to collaborate as a group.

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5 Chapter Books that Every Upper Elementary Classroom Library Should Have

Check out this post with 5 Chapter Books that every upper elementary classroom library should have - these are great for read-aloud books or even to use in your whole-group and small-group reading instruction #upperelementary #teachingreading #thirdgrade #fourthgrade #fifthgrade #novels #guidedreading #readaloud

Building a top-shelf upper elementary classroom library is no easy task.  It requires a great deal of research and careful curation. Especially as a new teacher, knowing exactly what types of books to include can be a challenge.  Here are some tips and recommendations that will help, whether you're just starting your collection or looking for a few new titles to add to an established library!

Tips and Best Practices for Using Technology in the Classroom

Check out these tips and best practices for using technology in the upper elementary classroom!  Grab a free technology management starter kit to help you get started! #classroomtechnology #upperelementary #thirdgrade #fourthgrade #fifthgrade

Technology in the classroom is here to stay.  With more and more schools becoming 1:1 classrooms, having 1 digital device per student, soon the days of signing up your students to use the computer lab will be gone.  Instead, each CLASSROOM will become it's own computer lab.  Each student will have access to their own device (if they don't already), and use it on an everyday basis.

Google Classrooms are popping up all over the place, and teachers are able to digitally assign activities to their students.  The demand for google classroom compatible resources are in high demand - and for good reason - no copying machine required!

It's pretty amazing, really.  It's a completely different from how I learned!  It's 21st century learning.

Technology has allowed students to connect with other kids all over the world from the luxury of their own classrooms.  Students can have answers to their most puzzling or most curious questions in a matter of minutes, simply by typing into a search bar.  Through the                 power of a hand-held digital device, just about anything is possible.

Using technology with your students is important, too.  It helps teach them 21st century skills that will land them 21st century jobs in the future.

Teaching with technology, however, comes with a whole new set of challenges.  In fact, it can bring about chaos in the classroom in no time if you don't set up a few parameters first.

In this post, I want to share with your some tips and best practices for using technology in the classroom.  Be sure to stick around till the end for a free download that will help you effectively use technology with your students!

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