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Alex Lancia

Reflections on teaching, learning, and life

Coffee, Water & Sunrise

At a recent after-school meeting a colleague asked the group ... What makes you happy? Such a simple yet profound question.  My simple answer was watching the sunrise over a body of water with a hot cup of coffee.  But... Continue Reading →

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Teaching with Photographs

I don't exactly remember how or when I learned to read, but I do remember what I loved to read ... National Geographic.  Apparently I would sit in a way too big for me armchair next to my grandfather thumbing... Continue Reading →

How to Enable Offline Access for your Google G Suite (Docs, Slides, etc.)

No internet?  No problem!  Just make sure that you enable Google G Suite's offline access feature and you are good to go.  Once connectivity resumes all your docs will be synced to the cloud and in the interim you can... Continue Reading →

Up Your Writing Game with Editing & Revising Task Cards

This idea was shared with me by my awesome co-teacher Yuka Kominato (@yyteach) who in turn found it shared on Twitter by @Miss_Wheatley.  Thank you to both ... and another affirmation as to why Twitter is a great resource for... Continue Reading →

Simon Says … A Vocabulary Mastery Strategy

My awesome co-teacher @YYteach and I recently used this "Simon Says" Vocabulary mastery strategy at the end of our math unit to consolidate our vocabulary understanding.  It works something like this ... Using Kagan's Pair Compare cooperative learning framework, students... Continue Reading →

Growing Reading Skills Sans Reading

In the past I struggled to effectively involve my whole class authentically in retelling, inferring, and identifying author's message because the ranges of reading levels and English proficiency were so vast that it was hard to find a text we... Continue Reading →

Create Portable Charts & Writing Independence with a Digital Toolkit

This post is all based on awesome idea #99 by my fab co-teacher @YYteach.  The problem we were facing was that we had great mini-lessons and charts, but the students struggled to apply the teaching points independently.  With our personal... Continue Reading →

Coding Apps for Elementary School

The catch phrase seems to be "coding is the new literacy" and while reading & writing will remain essential skills in the future now and always; these six apps are what I enjoy using in my coding ASA and classroom... Continue Reading →

The “Don’t and Do’s” of Spelling

The "Don't and Do" spelling strategy is very simple, effective, and quick.  It works something likes this: When your students are ready to start editing their piece of writing ask them to make a T-chart titled "Don't" and "Do" on... Continue Reading →

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