I feel your pain.

You are in your classroom. It is time for writing. Kids groan. You feel defeated. 

You pretend you don't hear it because secretly you are wondering, "Was that actually the kids groaning or did I accidentally expose my true feelings about our writing block and let the groan in my head slip out?"

You act casual...chipper even. You start the lesson. You feel OK about it. 

You set them free to draft the next great American novel. 

Or perhaps since this is elementary school, you just want to get a decent paragraph out of them.

Do you have reluctant writers in your class? Most teachers have kids who struggle with writing and students who lack motivation. This post will teach you how to get all your students writing using prompts, paragraph of the week, and a system for writing.Heads go down. 

Bodies slump.

Then it happens. Some pencils start to move. You feel a flicker of hope...until you realize they are doodling.

Ultimately paragraphs get produced, but the quality is disappointing.

Like I said, I feel your pain. I was there. I was there for many years actually. 

But friends, like all great American novels, this tale has a happy ending.

EXIT TICKETS: Why You Need Them and How to Use Them

Exit ticket, exit slip, exit card, exit prompt, exit pass… All of these terms are used interchangeably to describe a quick assessment given at the end of a lesson or class period.  Not only will I tell you everything you need to know about using exit tickets in your classroom, but I  will also provide you with some free exit ticket printables to use with any lesson in any subject.

Pumpkin Book Projects

Click through for Pumpkin Book Report ideas. This creative Halloween activity gets kids excited about characters and reading. Learn how to use this activity to teach how to summarize and identify character traits.

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to motivate your students in the month of October? When you add a bit of Halloween fun to literacy activities, even your most reluctant readers become enthusiastic about books. This post will explain how I use PUMPKIN BOOK PROJECTS each year to get my students excited about reading while giving them a chance to express their creativity.

Haunted House for Sale Writing Project and Craft Ideas

Haunted House for Sale Writing Project

Halloween writing activities make October one of the best months for engaging and motivating kids to improve their craft as authors. This post will share Halloween writing prompts, craft ideas, and even a FREE printable resource to help elementary teachers with their lesson plans.

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