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    Blog Post

    Support Students Through Trying Times

    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    Limbic System
    Cortex
    SEL
    Stress
    Mindfulness
    Self-Care
    Social-Emotional Learning

    Blog Post

    Dealing with Sadness in School

    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    Social-Emotional Learning
    SEL
    Emotion
    Sadness

    Blog Post

    Best Practices for Teaching Grammar

    English Language Arts: 
    Grammar
    Punctuation
    Mechanics
    Usage
    Writing
    Editing

    Blog Post

    Connect SEL to the Brain

    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    Brain Stem
    Cortex
    Limbic System
    Brain and Nervous System

    Blog Post

    Improve SEL Through Literature

    English Language Arts: 
    Reading
    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    Emotion
    Social-Emotional Learning

    Blog Post

    How to Give Good Grammar Feedback

    English Language Arts: 
    Grammar

    Minilesson

    Writing Descriptions That "Show" Instead of "Tell"

    Teach students to use sensory details.

    A GROUP OF MEN AND WOMEN, WITH A GUIDE, WHITE WATER RAFTING ON THE PATATE RIVER, ECUADOR

    Minilesson

    Writing a "Showing" Paragraph

    Help students show instead of tell.

    A GROUP OF MEN AND WOMEN, WITH A GUIDE, WHITEWATER RAFTING ON THE PATATE RIVER, ECUADOR

    Minilesson

    Writing an InstaMemory

    Help students narrate and describe.

    smartphone in female hands taking photo

    Minilesson

    Writing a Four-Star Food Review

    Use this prompt to spark students' creativity.

    Image of plates and silverware

    Minilesson

    Writing: Now how do I get out of this one?

    Assign this prompt to spark students' creativity.

    Mop

    Minilesson

    Writing a Diary of a Famous Figure

    Have students creatively narrate.

    a diary

    Minilesson

    Writing Back-and-Forth Stories

    Inspire students to collaborate in writing.

    Creepy old house in the woods

    Minilesson

    Using Perspective Shifting to Understand Others

    Help students improve empathy.

    illustration of girl and boy working together

    Minilesson

    Using Perspective Shifting to Persuade Readers

    Help students see from readers' perspectives.

    illustration of girl writing and thinking

    Minilesson

    Using Perspective Shifting to Imagine History

    Help students gain a historical viewpoint.

    illustration of man and horse imagining history

    Minilesson

    Using PAST to Understand Assignments

    Teach students to analyze writing assignments.

    tennis racket, badminton racket, shuttlecock, tennis ball

    Minilesson

    Elaborating Ideas Using Different Levels of Details

    Teach elaboration with levels of detail.

    hieroglyphics

    Minilesson

    Asking Bigger and Better Questions

    Teach students to form better questions.

    Minilesson

    Using 5 Critical Thinking Strategies

    Use this video to help students think critically.

    Minilesson

    Deciding When to Use Formal and Informal Language

    Match language with purpose and audience.

    black and white bow tie tuxedo

    Minilesson

    Solving Problems Critically and Creatively

    Help students improve problem solving.

    Minilesson

    Drawing a Life Map

    Help students gather ideas for narratives.

    Life Map

    Minilesson

    Freewriting for Writing Topics

    Have students freewrite for topic ideas.

    girl freewriting

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