LiteracyTA's LTA Toolkit offers useful resources for teaching argument in K-12 classrooms. Free and Pro accounts give access to planning guides, classroom ready presentation slides, language starters, rubrics, and peer evaluation tools to help teach students how to craft well reasoned arguments.

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I have been a classroom teacher for 15 years and have taught low socio-economic populations and students from affluent neighborhoods. When it comes to state tests, I have worked in failing schools and top performing, award winning schools.

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Teachers have mixed feelings about teaching vocabulary. Some love it. Others not so much. One thing all teachers have in common when talking about vocabulary is a need for good approaches to teaching new words to students. Whether you are using in-text vocabulary or words from a list, the following vocabulary process will surely add interest and energy to the teaching of new words.

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I am always amazed by the work teachers do. They have terrific ideas, they create magical experiences for their students, and they fight for each student to make sure he or she is more successful than ever imagined. I am truly humbled to be a part of this honorable profession. At LiteracyTA, we believe that teachers make the greatest difference in students' lives. Teachers matter!

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Two years ago, at the National ISTE Conference, I had the opportunity to speak about using technology as a way to close the achievement gap. During the conference, I had the pleasure of listening to Soledad O'Brien deliver a keynote address. While O’Brien spoke about equity and access, I found myself nodding in agreement after every sentence.

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