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Fun Christmas Activities School

Try our fun Christmas classroom activities for school. 'Tis the season to be jolly—while boosting math, reading, and writing skills, of course!

Brenda Iasevoli
Shaped Executive Editor

Assistant Principal Randolph Hull and Reading Intervention Teacher Joshua Bzovi

Assistant principal Randolph Hull and reading intervention teacher Joshua Bzovi from the South Redford District in Michigan share how they’ve teamed up to support their middle school students in reading.

Jennifer Corujo
Shaped Editor

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Intervention in school is defined, and key insights into how to provide effective intervention are provided.

Dr. Bonnie Cochran
Director of Academic Planning and Analytics, HMH

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Learn how to build a system of support in education with a professional learning community.

Polly Patrick
Instructional and Leadership Consultant at The Center of Model Schools

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No hand-traced turkeys here! Celebrate the holiday while boosting critical math, reading, and writing skills with these fun Thanksgiving activities for elementary students.

Ali Habashi
Former Shaped Editor

Brenda Iasevoli
Shaped Executive Editor

WF1843855 Shaped 2023 Blog Post How to Write a Differentiated Lesson Plan hero

Learn how to write a differentiated lesson plan and find helpful resources, including a lesson plan template.

Jennifer Corujo
Shaped Editor

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Adapted physical education teacher Eric Cavalli from Manor, Texas shares strategies to create an accessible learning environment for students.

Jennifer Corujo
Shaped Editor

WF1869805 Shaped 2023 Blog Post Veterans Day HERO

Hear from HMH’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer on why honoring Veterans Day is an important part of our culture at HMH.

Benita Flucker
Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer, SVP Enterprise Development Strategy, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Learn more about creating an inclusive professional learning environment and how to encourage belonging in school communities.

Ebony Tyler
LEAD Connected Manager

Lynn Walters
Director of Product Management & Strategy for Professional Services, HMH

Dr. Meg Pavlovich

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Missouri reading interventionist Angela White shares how she structures her class to meet the academic and social and emotional needs of her students.

Angela White

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Find free Veterans Day activities and lesson plans for elementary students to honor and celebrate those who have served.

Jennifer Corujo
Shaped Editor

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Phonological and phonemic awareness are key aspects of emergent and beginning reading development and instruction. Read more to find out how the two terms connect to each other.

Dr. Shane Templeton
Foundation Professor Emeritus, Literacy Studies, University of Nevada, Reno; Into Reading Program Author

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Burrillville School District literacy fellow and HMH Teacher Ambassador Kayla Dyer discusses writing teaching strategies to successfully guide students through the writing process.

Jennifer Corujo
Shaped Editor

WF1773850 Shaped 2023 Blog Post Halloween Writing Prompts Hero

Have some spooky fun with your students while exercising their critical thinking skills using these Halloween writing prompts and journal ideas.

Carey Blankenship
Shaped Staff

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Learn about repeated reading, its benefits, and some how-tos for providing students with the opportunity to read texts again and again.

Francie Alexander
Senior Vice President, Efficacy & Consulting Research

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This article delves into the question, “What is differentiation in science?” Plus, discover differentiated instruction examples and strategies for the science classroom.

Alicia Ivory
Shaped Editor

WF1833970 Shaped 2024 Blog Post National Instructional Coaches Day Cards Hero

Celebrate 2024 National Instructional Coaches Appreciation Day on Oct 6th. Discover the vital role instructional coaches play in education!

Nikki La Londe
Director of Services Content Development, HMH

Meghan Toshner

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An elementary educator and HMH Ambassador shares tips and resources on how to implement small-group instruction in the classroom, including a downloadable small-group lesson plan template.

Kayla Dyer

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