Have you read the research about the benefits of students taking notes by hand instead of electronically? Taking notes by hand engages the brain, more which increases comprehension and retention.
This research was not a surprise to me. I found that my students' reading skills improved when my writing lessons became more structured. I integrated writing with my lessons which is good but was not structured enough. Through trial and error, I found two systems that worked for me.
System #1 - MORNING MESSAGES
Morning Messages, which are differentiated are a great way to start your day. You can read more about my morning routine and get free samples with this post.
System #2 - HOME JOURNALS
Home journals are a great way to get parents involved. Your students and parents will love to see the writing progress through the year. It makes a great keepsake, too! You can read more about my Editable Home Journal program on this post.
I know with all of your Back to School shopping, you could use a little help, right? You could win a $10 TPT gift card. You can use it to purchase whatever you would like on the site.
Plus, I am also going to give the winner the following:
- Box of Books (K-2) - leveled and taped
- Early Readers Morning Messages
- Home Journal (either Kindergarten or Primary)
Winner will be announced on my FB page and emailed. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to email. If no response, I will choose a new winner.
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