Reading and Writing Department Blog

A Virtual Connection

May 18, 2020

As we come to our end of the school year, there is no doubt we are still learning how to navigate this new normal. This new way of life has definitely changed many of us. It has...

As a Reading and Writing teacher for 7th graders, I have realized the importance of reading and writing correctly. After wrongly learning the structure and pronunciation of a la...

Unpredictable Times

May 11, 2020

During these times of fright and uncertainty, it is important to make sure that students understand what is going on and ease their anxiety. While we are far from our routines a...

We often wonder what we can do to promote knowledge in young children. The answer is quite simple, play, it comes naturally and spontaneously in young children. Through play chi...

The beginning of our distance learning experience was chaotic. We had to learn how to navigate ClassDojo, how to create student portfolios, how to use Webex, how to make YouTube...

United We Stand Divided We Fall Let us have a very honest conversation about what is happening in our world and how it relates to our US History class. In my class, we study ...

Scaffolds help stabilize healthy growth of knowledge.  They are temporary supports used to strengthen understanding.  Once students acquire deep knowledge, they no lon...

Due to COVID 19 pandemic, we have embarked on the E-learning journey. Like many of you, we have experienced twists, turns, questions, and uncertainness. However, our school comm...

Due to current events and school closing, 5th graders have been aware of the effects brought forth due to the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, after watching a video on CNN10 News abo...

“I feel my child is not learning.” “This is too much to handle.” “How can I help my child more?” These are a few of the many concerns that pa...

NAVIGATING NEW ROUTES: HOW TO IMPROVE STUDENT’S ENGAGEMENT ONLINE? An article by Nurys Gisbert, Texas Certified EC-4, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Distance Learning for ...

There are many ways to differentiate instruction in the classroom.  I offer students an opportunity to complete their class assignments at their own pace.  I make sure...

The learning environment should help students feel safe to make mistakes.  I always let students know that we can learn through mistakes.  When I am modeling Reading o...

Once a child said, “Learning in schools is like listening to barking dogs.” This is a profound statement if we think about it and meditate upon it. Students, particu...

Vocabulary instruction plays an important part in the learning process. Vocabulary is related to areas such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Children acquire listen...

First grade has been working very hard on reading strategies.  This is an essential part of the curriculum in order to develop comprehension.  Also, it helps students ...

Hamilton Duel

March 2, 2020

Many of you have heard of Hamilton by Lin Manuel Miranda; the most successful musical Broadway history. Lin Manuel spent 6 years developing his work of art; he performed it...

Fourth grade is a time when students generally love poetry rather than fear it. Their reaction to poetry often depends on the styles of poems to which they are exposed. We intro...

One thing that we as educators do is consistently develop our professional approach to teaching.  In this way, we can give students more opportunities to think critica...

An article by Nurys Gisbert, Texas Certified EC-4, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher   How can we help preschoolers improve their listening and reading comprehension skills? ...

Current Events and Research

February 18, 2020

In third grade students are being exposed to current events and researching.  By researching they are being introduced to academic vocabulary and topics in order to build t...

  With a large number of Hispanics at our campus, Amigos Por Vida- Friends For Life Charter School has to cater to the diversity of its students by applying differentiat...

  Digital world or no digital world, communication is the mainstay of any civilization.  Without proper communication, we would head towards chaotic misunderstandin...

It is not a good practice to teach social studies in isolation, or to neglect the content instruction altogether.  As Amigos Por Vida educators, we continue to support soci...

Good readers are motivated to read, their interest in books is high and so are the connections they are able to make from stories to their own life experiences. Many students, h...