The Joy of Teaching – An Evan-Moor Blog

Sharing creative ideas and lessons to help children learn

February 28, 2014
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Celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and Read Across America Day

The celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday kicks off the annual Read Across America Day in March. As a mother, I enjoy reading with my children and have many fond memories of Dr. Seuss stories in my children’s lives. It wasn’t that long … Continue reading

February 26, 2014
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John Steinbeck and Favorite Author Book Reports

This week is the birthday anniversary of one of my favorite authors and a local legend, John Steinbeck (born February 27, 1902). Our corporate office sits in “Steinbeck Country,” between the Salinas Valley and Monterey Bay, which John Steinbeck depicted … Continue reading

February 14, 2014
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Common Core and More: A Fun Weekly Lesson Integrates Standards Across the Curriculum

When the school year ends, the “What Is It?” lesson may prove to have been your favorite for integrating standards across the ELA and SL curriculum. The “What Is It?” weekly lesson asks students to turn a doodle (such as … Continue reading

February 14, 2014
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Do microphones and amplifiers have a place in the elementary classroom?

Twenty-five years ago my husband purchased “deluxe” karaoke equipment. Through my “teacher eyes” I saw a powerful educational tool. Why not use a microphone and amplifier in my classroom? I immediately wrote a small grant; it was awarded, and the … Continue reading

February 14, 2014
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Simple and Effective Common Core Vocabulary Lessons

Vocabulary is an essential focus of Common Core, with emphasis placed on teaching vocabulary through meaningful engagement, not memorization. We know this is ideal, but how do we give students meaningful experiences with words? Our veteran teachers on staff have … Continue reading

February 12, 2014
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Reflections on the Joy of Teaching

On June 11, 2012, Evan-Moor lost co-founder and innovative educator Joy Evans. Joy and her teaching partner, Jo Ellen Moore, founded Evan-Moor Educational Publishers in 1979—with Joy’s brother, Bill Evans—after creating effective classroom materials to help their struggling students learn … Continue reading