What Teachers Need to Know About Read Alouds

Children love to be read to. Whether it is on the laps of their parents or on a rug listening to their teacher, it is a special time when they can listen and enjoy literature that they may not be able to access independently. Read alouds are an incredibly valuable experience for all young learners.


Well, technically I have a few things to ask you....again.

Ten questions to be exact.
But, most are super short.
A few take only a click. It doesn't get quicker than a click.
A few require you to think for a few seconds and type for a minute or so.
But...the whole process takes less time than it takes you to run at top speed to the bathroom and back while the teacher next door stands between the two rooms and bops her head back and forth as she watches 40+ kids because only if you are a teacher do you need to seek backup to do what those cubicle-working folks take for granted.

You'll be helping me create some new content for you and all the fabulous, hard-working teachers like you that best meets your needs.
Plus, I'm giving away Teachers Pay Teachers gift cards to three individuals who complete the questions by midnight on 4/2/19.
Here's the link to the questions: http://bit.ly/questionsforteachers2
Thanks in advance! Have a great start to your school week :) Jodi



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.


Check out this fun student holiday writing activity from the Clutter Free Classroom! It is filled with holiday ideas, differentiated prompts, holiday graphic organizers, holiday templates, holiday paper, and more! It will even make fun bulletin boards!

This fun holiday writing resource is differentiated to be used with 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Students are assigned the task of writing directions for others to follow explaining how to wrap a gift box. This is presented in a fun, real-world situation. As a culminating activity, I always enjoy having someone try to follow the students’ written directions exactly as worded to wrap a box. This reinforces the importance of details and makes for a memorable experience.

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