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Alex Lancia

Reflections on teaching, learning, and life

Counting Collections

I first heard about counting collections when I took Graham Fletcher's Foundations of Numerical Reasoning course in the spring of 2022. It was a game changer for me! Counting collections are in essence just that - counting collections of different... Continue Reading →

How to Model Shared Writing by Staging a Common Experience (in-person and online)

Many of us learn by watching others do something and then we try the "something" on our own with greater independence. Learning to write is no different. Sometimes writing mentors are the authors of the books we read. Sometimes writing... Continue Reading →

15 Virtual Poetry Lessons for Grade 2 with Seesaw Activities

In this post I am sharing the series of 15 sequential lessons I created for teaching our grade 2 poetry unit in a "virtual" format while we were learning from home during the spring of 2021. The scope and sequence... Continue Reading →

The Google “Daily Slide”

Disclaimer: this was not my original idea - somewhere on Twitter but not sure who to give the credit to anymore. Basically though the purpose of this single Google slide is that it is "live" and has all the info... Continue Reading →

Giving Student Feedback in Seesaw

One of the challenges I face when teaching my students online is providing accurate, useful and timely feedback. Our school uses Seesaw as the primary online learning platform and recently I have started experimenting with editing student posts directly as... Continue Reading →

Editing and Revising with Intent

This post is part 3 in a three part series on re-thinking how I teach personal narratives. Part 1 about a new way that I tried to generate small moment ideas worth writing (ie. the "plan"), and Part 2 about stretching small moment stories with details (ie. the "do") are linked at the bottom of... Continue Reading →

How Not To Lose Your Mentor Texts

One of the battles I have been fighting throughout my teaching career is how not to lose mentor texts. I know right! I want to use high quality texts, and I love it when my students want to read and learn from them. However ... the books would always go walkabout and every time I... Continue Reading →

“Stretching” Small Moment Stories With Details

This post is part 2 in a three part series on re-thinking how I teach personal narratives. Part 1, about a new way that I tried to generate small moment ideas worth writing about is linked at the bottom of this post (ie. the "plan"). The focus of this post is on the "do" part... Continue Reading →

Re-Thinking Personal Narratives

In grade 2 the start of a new school year eventually leads to writing personal narratives. Even this year! Amid all the other changes happening in and around school due to Covid-19. Reflecting on how I taught this unit in the past, I knew I could do better and decided on a few changes that... Continue Reading →

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