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April Smith

Hi there! Let me introduce myself! I'm a full time curriculum designer that's been in and out of the classroom. I've taught 4th, 5th, 6th, middle school, gifted, and reading intervention. I started designing curriculum to provide fun, high-interest activities for students that need a little extra motivation. I've also presented professional development sessions, online and in person! I simplify the planning process and provide resources that drastically cut down on planning time.

Fitting in Quality Writing Conferences

If you’re like me, you find that it can be a struggle to fit in writing conferences. And then when you do get to them, you feel rushed and that they aren’t quite the quality that you were hoping for. I can completely relate. So, today...

My 3 Favorite Strategies for Exciting Test Prep

As I write this, it still strikes me as crazy to be talking about test prep in February. In the past ten years, it seems like the test prep season has become longer each year as districts put more and more pressure on staff. It’s because of...

Teaching Authentic Revision & Editing

Getting students to work through the revision & editing process in writing can be a huge challenge as a teacher. It tends to go the same way for most teachers I know. You start off the year with a strong focus in the area but just seems there...

Beginning and Ending Personal Narrative Pieces

Beginning and ending personal narrative pieces can be a challenge. These simple tips will help you create an easy, engaging lesson for your students! Planning Mini-Lesson Students can get stuck when it comes to beginning and ending their personal...

How I Teach the Writing Process in Elementary

Last year, a panicked teacher e-mailed me and said they had taken a practice writing test and her students did not follow the writing process. They went straight to writing the one and only draft that they would eventually turn in. This is a writing...

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