#### How to Use Assessments to Drive Instruction

One of the most valuable tools in teaching is assessment. I am constantly assessing my students in my classroom using formative assessments. Sometimes this is just as simple as observing…

#### Back-to-School Assessing Made Easy

As an Intervention Specialist, I understand the importance of assessing my students on an ongoing basis. It can be overwhelming at the beginning of a school year to assess all…

#### Guilt-Free Back to School Blues

Whew, is it ever a scorcher in Ohio today. I’ve been keeping cool staying in the A/C working on my British literature homework (Beowulf, anyone?) and browsing Facebook. My last…

#### Pencil Wars

You know, when I was an undergrad dreaming of making a difference in the classroom, I had no idea that a simple school supply could make such an impact in…

#### Simple & Quick Technique for Improving Student Focus and Attention

This post contains affiliate links. That means if you click on an Amazon link and make a purchase, I get a kickback. It has been a whirlwind since school started this…

#### Reading Fluency and Comprehension Progress

I am so crazy proud of my students! They have made an enormous amount of progress this year. After having a bad day yesterday, I needed to see these results. …

#### Math Strategy: Large Problems with Small Numbers

Who has students struggling with the algorithms required in basic math operations? That get confused with what direction to go and what step is next? I have a math strategy…