Summary: The Pathway to College Success

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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Understanding Argument Writing Standards

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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Assess - Analyze - Teach - Repeat

Even though LiteracyTA just released its first version of a totally awesome assessment tool that auto-grades close reading (mind blowing I know), I have been testing the assessment tool in my classroom since last spring. That means I have had some time to play with it and come up with some practical ways to use it to inform my instruction. Here is what I have learned so far.

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A Fun Process for Teaching Vocabulary

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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Best Of Back To School

Here are some of our teachers' favorite Back to School activities for you to enjoy. Welcome back! Good luck this year. Feel good because you change lives!!!              

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