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Alex Lancia

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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 →

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Up Your Writing Game with Editing & Revising Task Cards

Note: the original post was published in October 2018.  Now in June 2019 we have version 4.0 with lessons learned and some refinements.  The revisions are added in italics and am proud to say that we have complete task cards... 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 →

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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