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Vocabulary Boosters

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Sept. 9, 2019, 10:55 a.m.

I recently dove into researching best-teaching practices for increasing student vocabulary. This is a topic I am asked to present on frequently, probably because it is one of the most complex areas to teach. This summer I read, Responsive Literacy by Editor, Patricia L. Scharer. Here are some of their ideas for helping students strengthen language comprehension.


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Laying a Foundation for Growth

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Sept. 9, 2019, 10:50 a.m.

This month, as we dive into the consistency of school days, I have been thinking about ways we can develop and foster a growth mindset for students in math to gain confidence in their knowledge. I have been working with another department in our district to bring more SEL practices to the curriculum. We have been talking about how the foundation of this mindset is helping students become self-aware in their learning in order to take on challenges and new situations. Below are some strategies and ideas I have been reflecting upon to cultivate this.

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Two Truths & a Lie

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Sept. 9, 2019, 10:47 a.m.

A fact is anything that can be proven or disproven. It's the readers' responsibility to distinguish fact and fiction.

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Story time Resources from September 7

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Sept. 6, 2019, 5:02 p.m.

The Mammen Family Public Library in Bulverde/Spring Branch offers story time for ages 0-5 on Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:30-11:15. 

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The Power of Student Teams

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Sept. 6, 2019, noon

I'm so excited to share a new book just out on using student teaming to increase the learning. In the book The Power of Student Teams, by Michael Toth and David Sousa, you will explore collaborative learning and crosswalk this strategy with SEL learning, 21st Century Skills, Habits of Mind, and more.


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Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Students

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Sept. 6, 2019, 11:56 a.m.

This August, Sanford Elementary rolled out the red carpet for their students. Literally! Students were greeted by high school football players, cheerleaders, administrators, teachers, and even the district mascot (Panthy) as they walked the red carpet to their new classrooms!

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First Week Reflections

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Aug. 16, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

Looking for some easy ways to have students reflect on their first week of school? We have you covered!

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Starting the Year Off with Writing

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Aug. 13, 2019, 9:15 a.m.

To get students excited about writing (or anything) we need to begin by tapping into their interests. One way to do this is by having students start the year off with expert journals. Expert journals are small books of paper that students use to record their questions, findings, and information about a topic of their choice. Think of this as an introduction to research!


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What's Your Weekly Theme Song?

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Aug. 13, 2019, 8:52 a.m.

Have you heard the song High Hopes by Panic at the Disco? This is 5 year old Whitten's favorite song right now. He begs for it to play on repeat. I am so glad he did, because after listening to it, it became my theme song to kick off the year! The message is ageless and the vocabulary is amazing. Students will be surprised when their teacher plays this song the first week of school!

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Great Reads for the 1st Weeks of School

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Aug. 13, 2019, 8:35 a.m.


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