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Alex Lancia

Reflections on teaching, learning, and life

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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 →

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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.

My Malaysian Driving License Journey

So long story short my Ethiopian driving license is not easy (ie. nigh impossible) to convert to any other license in an easy or cost effective way so earlier this year I decided to embark on a journey to get... Continue Reading →

March 15 #SOL18: The Art of Packing

Wheels up in 12 hours and as always the conundrum of what to pack. Seems like it should get easier the more you do it.  It doesn't for me. My 6th grade teacher Mrs. Sherman left me these wise words,... Continue Reading →

Why Together We Are Better

In the 1990s Simons and Chabris conducted the following experiment at Harvard: Rolf Dobelli, author of The Art of Thinking Clearly states that, The monkey business test is considered one of the most famous experiments in psychology and demonstrates the... Continue Reading →

How I Use Mathletics in an Elementary Classroom

Mathletics is one of the resources available at our elementary school to help deliver the math curriculum. In this post I want to highlight some of the features of Mathletics so that you can decide whether it might be something... Continue Reading →

Use Google Forms to Manage your Classroom Library

Over the years I have tried many a system for checking out classroom library books to students. Some systems were too onerous on teacher time. Some systems didn’t provide sufficient accountability so books would permanently be borrowed never to return!... Continue Reading →

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