Ideas for Journaling Your Great American Campout Experience

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Have you ever participated in the Great American Campout? Perhaps you plan to join this year on June 23 along with about 100,000 fellow campers. New and veteran campers from around the country share their love of the outdoors and camping as part of this annual event. Some campers pack up the RV for an … read more »


Celebrate Father’s Day With Gifts From the Heart

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“A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow” Unknown On June 17 we honor and celebrate our fathers. Because most students are out of school for the summer, they don’t always make a small gift to bring home as many do for Mother’s Day in May.  Many of us … read more »


Six Sites for Rhyme Time

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“There’s something so wonderful about writing in rhyme where it isn’t just the meaning of the words, it’s the music to the words and the shape and the sound.” Gary Ross Learning about rhyming words is one of the earliest skills taught to young readers. Exploring rhymes helps students understand how language works through sounds … read more »


“Say It Ain’t So, Joe,” Using Quotations from the Internet

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We all love to use the perfect apropos aphorism to punctuate our writing. Quotations by famous people to prove a writer’s point fill social media posts. How many choice memes are graced by just the right epigram? It just may be too easy find an appropriate quotation online as we have seen by the proliferation … read more »


The Power of Peer Mentoring

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I’m going to start off this post with two brief personal anecdotes… Upon being asked what I taught when I was in the classroom, I always reply “I was a high school Spanish teacher”, however, there’s a little more to the story.  My last several years, I had the opportunity to also take over one … read more »