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Alex Lancia

Reflections on teaching, learning, and life

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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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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 →

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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