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This entire website is getting a major redesign to enhance the visitor experience on whatever type of device you use to access it including smartphones. In addition, the entire look and feel of Daily Teaching Tools will be significantly different.
My name is Chad Manis, a language arts and journalism teacher with 33 years of classroom experience. Let me begin by saying thank you. Thank you for becoming a teacher, and thank you for taking the time to go online in search of resources that you can use in your classroom.
That tells me that you are a dedicated teacher who cares about your kids—and their and our tomorrows. Not everyone can be a teacher. It takes a special sort of person with a lot of patience, creativity, adaptability, fortitude, resourcefulness, and an endless ability to multitask.
But, you ARE that kind of person. I know that feeling all too well. Teachers are being asked to do more and more with less and less. Mission Statement The primary purpose of Daily Teaching Tools is to provide you with free resources, materials, and strategies to enhance your effectiveness with kids.
There are some secondary purposes as well. Many of the tools that you will find here are mine, but just as many I "stole" from the resourceful teachers I've had the pleasure of working with throughout the years. Please feel free to steal, uh, I mean, borrow them from me too.
What you WON'T find here is exactly the sort of stuff that I don't like when I visit websites that focus on teachers and teaching resources. That sort of stuff includes long lists of unexplored websites that were copied and pasted, recommendations for products or services that the authors never tried themselves, stuffy academic language, and above all else, insincerity.
You won't find any of that here. Rationale These economic times have been difficult for all of us. In my case, I was forced into early retirement at the age of 59 because of our district's budgetary constraints. After all, since I was on the top rung of the salary schedule, the money they were spending on me, could be used to hire two new beginning teachers!
More bang for their buck--at my expense, and I think, at the expense of the kids. I have nothing against beginning teachers whatsoever.
After all, I was one myself, once upon a time. But, I also know that experience leads to better teaching and that kids benefit from that.
Which brings me to why I'm doing this--as corny as it might sound, I love teaching. In fact, I am actively pursuing ways to get back into teaching, a task, once again, made more challenging by the state of our economy. In the meantime, while I'm waiting for an opportunity, why not do something that reconnects me with something I love?
I've been working on Daily Teaching Tools for over 8 years now, every day of every week, 7 to 9 hours a day--sometimes more. This is my way of continuing to make a meaningful impact in the world of education. And, I am passionate about it.
All I ask in return is that you support my efforts by sharing an idea with your fellow teachers on the Teachers' Ideas page, or if you have a little spare time chuckle, chortlehow about writing a page for Daily Teaching Tools?
LOTS of teachers would see your work, allowing you to impact the lives of students way beyond the walls of your classroom.If you are looking for ideas to teach paragraph writing, you are in the right place!
From the series of over 30 writing mini lessons for writer’s workshop, paragraph writing includes three posts (lessons 5, 6, and 7) starting here with TOPIC SENTENCES, moving into RELEVANT DETAILS, and then CLOSING SENTENCES.
Definition. A clause is a group of related words containing a subject and a verb A clause can be usefully distinguished from a phrase, which is a group of related words that does not contain a subject-verb relationship, such as "in the morning" or "running down the street" or "having grown used to this harassment." A review of the different kinds of phrases might be helpful.
The "paragraph hamburger" is a writing organizer that visually outlines the key components of a paragraph. Topic sentence, detail sentences, and a closing sentence are the main elements of a good paragraph, and each one forms a different "piece" of the hamburger.
Log into MY Access! School Edition application to improve your writing! Extended Writing-to-Learn Strategies By: Roberta Sejnost and Sharon Thiese. Writing enables students to process, organize, formulate, and extend their thinking about what they have been learning.
The "paragraph hamburger" is a writing organizer that visually outlines the key components of a paragraph. Topic sentence, detail sentences, and a closing sentence are the main elements of a good paragraph, and each one forms a .