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Alex Lancia

Reflections on teaching, learning, and life

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 →

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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 →

Broken Bones & A Mended Heart

DRING … DRING DRING … DRING DRING … I fumble for the phone in my pocket then peek at the screen and notice it is my wife calling.  That’s usually not a good sign. “Hello?” I say. “J was playing... 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.

A Brand New Day One

Another school year, another chance for a fresh start.  Today was Day 1.  But a different Day 1.  A unique Day 1.  This time with 16 eager new faces in a brand new campus with all three school divisions under... Continue Reading →

Hoi An, Vietnam: The Road Less Traveled

Hoi An is a dichotomy.  A city with a small town feel and old world charm.  Yet drowning in tourists.  Too many for my liking.  I am one of those tourists no doubt - part of the problem for sure... Continue Reading →

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