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Alex Lancia

Reflections on teaching, learning, and life

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World Poetry Cafe

This year in conjunction with our TCRWP Poetry Unit we launched "World Poetry Cafe."  The idea behind it is simple.  Solicit other members of the school/broader community to come and share a poem they love.  It can be from their... Continue Reading →

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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

Note: the original post was published in October 2018.  Two months later we have version 2.0 with lessons learned and some refinements.  The revisions are added in italics.  We will keep updating this post through the year. Copies of all... 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 →

The Lancia Story

This is the story of the Lancia family as told by my grandmother Onoria Lancia.  Her  memories of the war time years, starting a new life in Asmara, and reflections of 4 generations gone by.

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