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Melanie Quinn is a fourth-grade teacher in the Evergreen (Washington) School District. She previously worked in the same district as a literacy coach.
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Conventions and Keeping It Real
Melanie Quinn uses her fourth graders love of drama to create a fun activity for learning how to integrate quotations into writing.
Words of Wisdom and Passing the Torch
Melanie Quinn shares a fun activity to help current students share advice for next year’s class.
It’s Not Wrong. It’s Almost Right.
Melanie Quinn reconsiders how she teaches spelling in her fourth-grade classroom, establishing a new whiteboard routine.
Creating the Future
Melanie Quinn shares a quick activity to help teachers visualize their hopes and dreams at the start of the school year.
That Student: Ending the Year with a PD Celebration
Melanie Quinn shares a simple professional development activity that helps teachers focus on growth through the year, based on their experiences with one child.
Never Too Late to Get to Know You
Melanie Quinn shares two rituals for staff meetings to build camaraderie and community.
The Children Are Communicating. Are We Listening?
Melanie Quinn realizes our classrooms are filled with mini-coaches. The students in front of us are clearly communicating their needs; we just need to do a better job of paying attention.
Do or Die
Melanie Quinn deals with a panic-stricken young teacher near tears after a lousy evaluation. She explains what she did to move him past emotion and into a plan to improve his instruction.
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