Let’s Talk About: Oral Language Development

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Oral language development is a crucial part of the Science of Reading. The science tells us that while phonics, decoding, and sight recognition (the lower strands on Scarborough’s Reading Rope) are foundational, students will only become fluent readers with appropriate language development. Language skills help students to understand and discuss texts. Weaving oral language development … read more »


Let’s Talk About: Maria Montessori

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This school year, the TeachersFirst team has explored the notion of women as change-makers throughout history. In our quest to equip educators with enriching resources, we’re adding resource materials and lesson ideas that share the work of some of these leaders. Today, we’ll look at the inspiring journey of Maria Montessori—a true pioneer in the … read more »


Let’s Talk About: Classroom Questioning Strategies

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We know that asking questions is one of the most powerful ways to engage students, check for understanding, and deepen learning. But can we also use questioning strategies to change the culture of our classrooms?  How can we help students to begin asking and exploring their own questions? In this post, we’ll explore how to … read more »


Let’s Talk About: World Food Day

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Food. It’s one of our most basic human needs, yet nearly 690 million people still go hungry. As students and teachers, we have an opportunity – and a responsibility – to understand these global issues and spark change. World Food Day on October 16th is the perfect time to engage students in learning that drives … read more »


Let’s Talk About: International Literacy Day

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We are all worthy of telling our stories and having them heard. We all need to be seen and honored in the same way that we all need to breathe. Viola Davis As educators, we are entrusted with shaping young minds, igniting their curiosity, and nurturing their love for learning. On September 8th, International Literacy … read more »