5 Ideas to Level Up Language Arts #5ideaFriday

Today teacher @Alex_Corbitt from the Bronx has 5 created ideas to help improve and make language arts learning fun.


Listen to Alex's Ideas for Improving the Language Learning Classroom

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Language arts ideas we'll discuss today:

  • How to scaffold reading
  • Making use of classroom spaces
  • Some cool project ideas including “talk show host”
  • Using picture books even with older kids
  • Establishing benchmarks for students
  • Advice for new teachers

I hope you enjoy this episode with Alex!

Today when you leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher, you'll be entered to win one of two prizes — Alex's LitCraft bookmarks or Andy Andrew's new book The Little Things. See contest rules.


Want another language arts episode? Listen to 5 ideas for improving student writing with Jennifer Seravallo.


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Full Bio

Alex CorbittAlex Corbitt

Alex Corbitt is a middle school English teacher in The Bronx, New York. His work focuses on socio-emotional learning, gamification, education technology, and literacy. He loves learning from other teachers and he regularly presents at conferences around the United States. Alex’s passion for teaching will thrive as long as he continues to laugh with and learn from his incredible students.

Pictures of Alex's Classroom

Pictures provided by Alex. Notice his flexible seating that he discusses on the show.





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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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