Hello teachers! I wish you could come to our New York offices and listen in on some of our discussions (and share some of the delicious coffee we get across the street). Really, all we talk about is YOU...

By Michelle Divkey

Editor's note: The plays in Storyworks and Storyworks Jr. are always a huge hit with students—and it's easy to see why. They're engaging, digestible, and tons of fun! Teachers like them for the fluency boost reading aloud gives their students. Plus, they are perfect for those last few weeks of the school year. Teacher Michelle Divkey of the blog Teach123 has some AMAZING ideas for how to incorporate reader's theater into your curriculum. This post was created for Scholastic's #SmartTeachingTips campaign. Search the hashtag for lots of other amazing teaching tips...

By Beth Orticelli

Editor's note: We are so inspired by third grade teacher-adviser, Beth Orticelli, from Illinois, who uses Storyworks to draw students into studying “text features” in such a creative way. Her decidedly precise approach to helping students make meaning from text, “Surgery Day,” as she calls it, has children scan nonfiction stories for text features, and they love every minute of it...

By Erin Burns

Editor's note: Erin Burns is an amazing fourth-grade teacher from New York. We frequently bouce ideas off of her. But this time, Erin came to us with this Wonder Bubbles idea from Scholastic's Top Teaching blog. She knew she had to give it a whirl in her classroom. This super-engaging and fun research project is perfect for the end of the year! Try it in your room and let us know how it works...

By Aimee Dolan

Editor's note: Among our favorite days, hands-down, are school visits. We adore watching the roll-up-your-sleeve teaching from our amazing community of educators. We had to stop the presses for this SEL idea provided by Suzanne Egert and Nicole Schiavone of M.F. Stokes Elementary tied to the Storyworks Jr. May/June Fiction story "Dad, the Disco King."  Boy, did their kids have lots to say about embarrassing parental moments! But they had even more great advice for helping each other out of difficult situations. Read-on for a winning SEL strategy for your classroom!

By Debbie Ericksen

Editor's note: Straight from the mouth of longstanding advisor Debbie Ericksen from Bridgewater, NJ: "My fourth graders love to share their ideas and opinions." This is probably an understatement in your classrooms too! We think you'll love Debbie's meaty four-day debate lesson plan. Give it a try now that you might have a bit more wiggle room in your curriculum schedule. Let us know what you think...