Hello, I'm Ciera!​

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Identifying Students’ Needs When Teaching

There’s a common phrase amongst teachers…  Teachers don’t teach the standards they teach the students.  This means our focus, as teachers, is to provide each and every student exactly what they need to succeed.  This can be difficult when you have a classroom full of 25+ students!  What can we do for identifying students’ needs when teaching and provide them the best instruction and support possible?  I have some ideas that might help! Identifying Students’ Needs #1 – Be Aware of the Text A teacher’s brain is different than a student’s brain when reading.  We, as adults, are very strong readers who have decoding skills, a large vocabulary, and plenty of background knowledge to apply to what we read.  This makes our reading experience VASTLY

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Teaching Characterization Tips and Tricks

Characterization occurs when an author uses details to teach about a character. But what does this have to do with comprehension? Plenty! When students can understand how a character acts and why they can begin to identify with that character and comprehend the text more fully.  Characterization can be taught in so many ways. Let’s take a look at my best tips and tricks for teaching characterization!  Ways to Analyze a Character Characters can be analyzed in so many different and fun ways. For example, characters can be defined by their relationships with other characters. An engaging activity is for students to draw family trees or character webs to show how different characters are related.  Another way to analyze characters is by defining their traits.

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