• Big Book
    • ELL

    Big Book

    Writing a Big Book- Made Easy!

    Unit Planning can seem overwhelming, however; writing a Big Book doesn’t have to be! The Big Book identifies the Enduring Understanding for your unit. For this, all we need to get started is your standards.

    Here is a step-by-step process of how to write your own Big Book, using your standards:

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  • 4 Quick Tips for Using Hand Gestures (ASL, TPR)
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    4 Quick Tips for Using Hand Gestures (ASL, TPR)

    Using hand gestures, TPR (Total Physical Response), nonlinguistic visual representations, kinesthetic instruction, or ASL (American Sign Language) is a wonderful way to make your teaching comprehensible to all students. Here are some quick tips on how to start integrating them into your instruction without feeling overwhelmed.

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  • Literacy Reinforcers
    • ELL

    Literacy Reinforcers

    Love using Literacy Reinforcers, but need ideas to keep your students engaged?

    Literacy Reinforcers are an innovative & fun way to get literacy into the hands (and homes) of students. Here are some ways to get creative with different types of Literacy Reinforcers:

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  • Pictorial Input Chart
    • ELL

    Pictorial Input Chart

    This is a hot topic! Learn about our key steps used to neurologically imprint (brain tattoo) your class with basic knowledge to get them eager, excited, and incredibly curious to want to know more...even about the driest of topics (puns included).

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  • New Addition to Kingdoms of Life Input Chart
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    New Addition to Kingdoms of Life Input Chart

    The best educators stay on the cutting edge of new discoveries. Our eager science obsessed friends have proven again why we pencil in our Input Charts and not just use the laminated poster every year. Science is not set in stone; it changes all the time with new ideas, experimentation, and exploration.

    Now our key Life Science anchor chart is changing too...

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  • 3 Easy Ways to Validate Students' Primary Language
    • ELL

    3 Easy Ways to Validate Students' Primary Language

    We want to validate cultural respect and the responsibility we all have towards acceptance of diversity in our classroom, as well as foster a classroom environment where being multilingual is celebrated, validated, and makes students feel empowered.

    Here are three ways to validate your multilingual students in the classroom. Remember, you don’t need to understand a language in order to validate it.

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