Student Centered

All About Me Activities that are easy and fun for students

Write A Bio Poem Students enjoy writing about their hobbies and interests. A bio poem is a short poem for students to express their likes and feelings. Bio poems are great all about me activities for the beginning of the school year. There are many patterns that can be used to write a bio poem.… Continue reading All About Me Activities that are easy and fun for students

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Fiction, Nonfiction, Student Centered

Flexible Literature Circles can Empower Students

Literature Circles are a great way to have student led discussions. Students get a sense of responsibility, accountability, and cooperation. How do I start literature circles? The discussion director is the role I like to start with. As I read and think aloud, I write down questions. I model thought provoking, open ended questions. There… Continue reading Flexible Literature Circles can Empower Students

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Fiction, Nonfiction, Student Centered

How can Book Reports Templates Support Student Comprehension?

Book reports templates provide a framework to explain the content of a book. Whether reporting on a fiction or nonfiction book, comprehension skills and strategies are used independently. When reporting on a book that is fiction, you will want students to include a plot map, character analysis, connections, and a brief book review. Fiction Book… Continue reading How can Book Reports Templates Support Student Comprehension?

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Student Centered

7 Strategies for Using Academic Conversation Starters to Engage Students

For many years, I asked comprehension questions from the text and called on students to answer.  The problem with that model is that I wasn't allowing students to share their thinking first.  Now, I have students discuss the text before I ask any questions. How do you get students to have meaningful discussions? You set… Continue reading 7 Strategies for Using Academic Conversation Starters to Engage Students