By Anna Starecheski

Happy summer, teachers! Here at Scholastic HQ, we've been reflecting on the year. It's been a great one! One thing we've been doing this year is becoming more active on Twitter, and we've all loved connecting with you. I wanted to round up some of our favorite Twitter moments from the past few months—it was no small feat! There were so many amazing, adorable, inspiring tweets from you. Here are just a few of our faves...

By Kara Corridan

Last month we sent out a survey to all of our Storyworks Jr. subscribers. These surveys help us see exactly how we were able to help you this past school year, and how we can improve in the coming year. This feedback is critical for any magazine, but considering this was Storyworks Jr.'s first year, it's even more vital. So I offer a huge thank you to everyone who responded. We know these come at a time when you have a million deadlines to hit and plenty of end-of-year activities to attend. (By the way, if you got an email about our survey and you didn't click on the link to take it, it's not too late!) We've been poring through the results, and every single response and comment is helping us fine-tune our content, our support materials, and differentiation tools. Here are 5 takeaways that you might find interesting, too...

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 bounce 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!