How to Find Balance with Virtual Learning

Aug 30th 2020

Love or hate it, virtual learning has become our new reality. As a reading interventionist and kindergarten teacher, this has been a difficult and daunting shift for us as we wholeheartedly believe in multi-modal, hands-on instruction. One of our biggest […]

Rhyming Made Easy

Aug 16th 2020

“Reggie the Rhyming Raccoon is my name.Learning to rhyme is my game!When words rhyme, they have the same ending sound–You can hear this in the words ground and found.I’ll teach you to hear and find the rhyme.With my help, you’ll […]

Boost Alphabet Skills with Leroy the Letter Lynx!

Jul 12th 2020

“Hi, I’m Leroy the Letter Lynx.           I’ll help you name letters quick as a wink! Alphabet letters are all around. My job is to teach you their names, shapes and sounds. I’ll teach you capital letters and lowercase too. I […]

Distance Learning: Retelling Made Easy

Apr 30th 2020

As both an educator and a parent, I understand that distance learning can be difficult, especially when teaching reading.  Our multi-sensory retelling activity is engaging and requires no prep–it’s perfect for distance learning! Plus it’s FREE right now: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Retell-Strategy-Unit-Distance-Learning-1742591 What […]

How to Boost Reading Fluency during Remote Learning

Apr 22nd 2020

Like many other educators, I’ve been missing my students greatly and have been trying to wrap my head around providing quality specialized intervention instruction during distance learning and remote instruction. Most of my students have goals in the area of […]

Favorite Multi-Sensory Sight Word Activities for At-Home Learning

Apr 21st 2020

When learning how to read and spell, children respond best to hands-on strategies.  What better way to practice sight words than to use materials that will engage the visual, tactile, kinesthetic, and auditory senses. These are great activities for at-home […]

Scaffolding Text-Dependent Questions for Struggling Readers

Mar 18th 2020

FREE TEXT DEPENDENT QUESTIONING UNIT! “Hey, I’m Quinn the Questioning Quail; use me when you read. Questions are the way to get the information you need. Good readers ask questions to help them understand; They read the text to find […]

7 FREE, NO PREP Christmas Reading & Math Activities

Dec 1st 2019

Christmas is right around the corner and as veteran teachers, we know these next few weeks can be extremely busy and exhausting. We are here to help! We’ve created  FREE, NO PREP Christmas reading and math activities to keep your students engaged […]

Best of Back to School Activities & Lessons

Aug 19th 2019

**Visit our Astute Hoot TPT store on August 20 for a bonus sale of 25% off using the code BTSBONUS19. Planning back to school lessons is similar to cooking a gourmet meal—you need several elaborate ingredients, thorough instructions, specific materials and a great […]

5 Easy Organization Hacks for Back to School

Aug 18th 2019

**Visit our Astute Hoot TPT store  for more  great deals! As veteran teachers, we know that Back to School often means countless meetings, endless hours of preparation and a great deal of stress.  Combat the chaos of the classroom with […]

Happy 100! Celebrating the 100th Day of School

Jan 16th 2019

I can’t believe we’ve already been in school for 100 days! Where does time go? To celebrate this momentous occasion, my class participated in several 100 Day activities. Here are a few highlights from our special day: 1. If I […]

Holiday Survival Guide for Teachers

Dec 3rd 2018

Our school recently kicked off the holiday season with a Winter Wonderland celebration this past week.  In Arizona, that means delivering 12 tons of snow to school grounds!  The kids are super excited for all of the wonders of this […]

Hanukkah Essentials: Latkes, Dreidels, Menorahs & More

Nov 27th 2018

  Hanukkah is here and what better way to engage students than through integrated Hanukkah activities aligned to Common Core Standards. Here are highlights from our Hanukkah Essentials Unit: 1. KWL menorah: To start our unit, students completed a Hanukkah […]

The Ugly Truth About Halloween

Oct 15th 2018

Halloween is just around the corner and kids are focused on costumes, candy and creepy creatures–it’s enough to make you batty before Halloween even arrives! It’s tempting to use Halloween coloring pages and other fluffy activities to keep students calm […]

Guided Reading Survival Guide Part 4

Jul 21st 2018

Guided reading challenging, even to veteran teachers because there are so many factors to consider. In my 4 part blog series, Guided Reading Survival Guide, I explain how to go beyond the basal and provide engaging, authentic supplemental texts; teach research-based […]

Celebrate Earth Day with The Lorax

Apr 22nd 2018

Earth Day is fast approaching and with spring fever in full force, our engaging, comprehensive Lorax literature study is the perfect solution! Our Lorax literature study integrates elements from our Guided Reading Strategies Bundle which teaches critical reading strategies in a child-friendly way. […]

Taking Intervention to the Next Level with Authentic Text

Nov 25th 2017

As a special education resource teacher, one of the biggest challenges I’ve seen students struggle with is transferring strategies they learn during intervention lessons to authentic text. Often times students can use their decoding skills in controlled text in the […]

Building Fluency with Animal Assisted Therapy

Nov 11th 2017

I’m excited to bring the Animals, Books and Children (ABC) program to our resource program this year!  Currently, I am piloting the program with 1st grade students and hope to expand to additional grade levels in the future.   The ABC […]

The Imposter Syndrome: Life as a Special Education Teacher

Oct 21st 2017

NEWLY REVISED ULTIMATE SPECIAL EDUCATION SURVIVAL KIT! Today I had a rare moment: some peace and quiet at home and an opportunity to sit down and read a book.  As I was diving into Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg I […]

Don’t Teach Another Phonics Lesson Until You Read This…

Aug 27th 2017

As a resource teacher, I use specialized instruction in my intervention groups to help my students meet their IEP goals as well as make progress towards grade level standards. While implementing the district prescribed intervention curriculum, Wilson Reading System, I […]

Essentials of a Special Ed Resource Room

Aug 20th 2017

I’m so excited to be back in the classroom this year! After 14 years as a special education resource teacher, I changed gears to work in the capacity of an Instructional Coach and Special Education Coordinator in high needs schools. […]

TpT Back to School Sale 2017

Jul 31st 2017

As veteran teachers, we know that the beginning of year often means countless meetings, endless hours of preparation and a great deal of stress. We are here to help! Our tried-and-true Back to School resources are guaranteed to help you work […]

Set Up Your Best Classroom Yet

Jul 30th 2017

Welcome to my second grade classroom, my home away from home.  Each year, I refine my classroom with special finds from Target and Hobby Lobby (my favorite!) to make it comfortable and inviting. I love to think outside of the […]

Roar Into Research

Apr 2nd 2017

Spring fever is full force in my classroom and I have tried every trick of the trade to keep my students calm and engaged with little success. After taking a Common Core ELA class through my district, I found the […]

Meaningful (& FREE) Valentine Gifts for Kids

Feb 7th 2017

As Valentine’s Day nears, teachers everywhere are scouring their local Dollar Stores and Target Dollar sections for the perfect holiday-themed trinkets. This pursuit of the perfect, “inexpensive” gift often leaves teachers exhausted and broke. Plus, these gifts often end up in the bottoms […]