Recent Posts by Michelle Areaux

Embracing the Age of Technology in the Classroom

It seems everywhere you look in our society, kids have their noses stuck in a cell phone or iPad or another type of electronic device. We’ve all seen the hilarious videos of people falling into water founts at the mall while scrolling through their phones, or the photos of kids sitting together at a social…
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Promoting Literacy Using Anchor Texts

For most teachers, we spend countless hours planning and creating fun lessons for our students to enjoy. In reality, most of those lessons never see the light of day because we are forced to now design each daily lesson around a standardized test that, honestly, does not measure what our students can ACTUALLY do or…
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Embracing the PLC

I am sure by now, most educators have heard the phrase; Professional Learning Community or PLC. In the middle school where I teach, we have embraced the ideas of the PLC and have begun a new approach to our teaching standards and monthly faculty meetings. We even had to include the idea of utilizing a…
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Text Coding for Struggling Readers

All educators are thrown different reading strategies that are supposed to close the gap with our reluctant and struggling readers. Every year it seems a new and powerful method is developed that will be the saving grace all teachers dream for. As wonderful as that sounds, many of us understand that a beautifully packaged program…
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Spreading The Word About Literacy Through the INT’L BOOK PROJECT

If you are like me, you are always searching for ways to promote literacy among your students. During the school year, we all deal with reluctant readers, those that have difficulty comprehending, and those that do not have access to quality books. This struggle can be disheartening to both educators and our students alike. While…
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Summer Reading: Friend or Foe?

The idea of summer reading, as wonderful as it sounds to educators, is usually a dreaded phrase to students and parents alike.  For kids, summer is supposed to be full of sunshine, fun, and freedom. Not reading some boring book their lame teachers selected. Right? No! This is a mindset that we must change for…
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The Low-Down on Strategies That Actually Work

I know all teachers can say first hand, going to professional development courses can be a cruel punishment. Not wanting to sound negative, I am going to be brutally honest here and say the required trainings can be both exhausting and soul draining. We are expected to sit for hours, listening to someone who hasn’t…
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