Matt Foster

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Matt is learner, creator, and educator with k-12 teaching, administrative, and research experience. He tracks trends in education, authors often, and fails at fishing.

Dec 22

TeamTom Education 2018

By Matt | News

2018 Has Been An Amazing Year. Here's our year in review. We look forward to serving you in many more ways through 2019!

This Year with TeamTom EducationOn behalf of the team at TeamTom Education, LLC., I’d like to thank you so much for another wonderful year! 2018 provided many areas of growth and opportunity. It’s my continued wish that we can multiply our efforts in helping you make an impact with students.Looking BackThanks to your continued support, we […]

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Jan 10

Tips for Guided Reading Success

By Matt | Reading , Strategies

Guided Reading Tips to help you engage students at your small group and in the classroom!

by Bec West (Guest Author) 6 Tips for Guided Reading SuccessWhat makes guided reading an effective learning approach for young readers and upper elementary students? Here are 6 Tips for Guided Reading Success.Create a quality learning environment with space explicitly designed for guided reading.A quality learning environment is pivotal to ensuring consistency and optimal focus of students, […]

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Nov 22

Thanksgiving for Teachers

By Matt | School Culture

This Thanksgiving we'd like to say we're thankful for teachers.

Thankful for Teachers With Thanksgiving around the corner, I want to take a moment and reflect on you – teacher. I’m thankful for teachers because it was a 3rd-grade teacher (sweet, little, old Irish Catholic superstar!) who taught me adults are role models for compassion and caring. I’m thankful for teachers because it was a […]

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Aug 08

The Ultimate Classroom Management Checklist for Back to School

By Matt | Back to School , Strategies , Teaching

The Ultimate Classroom Management Checklist to get your room going this back to school!

This back to school classroom management checklist is designed to help you remember all the caveats of your classroom management! Especially, if you’ve enjoyed your summer break like you should have. However, if you didn’t get the full dose of rejuvenation from summer break, then you need to leave this article. Spend 2 days trying some […]

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Aug 04

Research Review for Word Study

By Matt | Reading , Research

What does the research say about word study in upper elementary school?

A quick research review for word study can answer very important questions about literacy curriculum and instruction in our schools.What does the research say about the use of word study?What type of word study instruction is effective in upper elementary and middle school?What are the purposes and effects of teaching word knowledge to transitional readers?In […]

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Jun 04

Why Shared Reading is the Most Effective Instructional Activity in the Reading Classroom

By Matt | Reading , Strategies

If you could choose only one Instructional Activity for Reading what would it be? What one strategy would you use to increase reading levels? Would you choose guided reading, reading mini-lessons, read-alouds, or test prep? Well, okay… I know you wouldn’t choose test prep, but what about: leveled texts? reading stations? independent reading with conferences? […]

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Apr 27

Teacher Trait: Gratitude and Greatness

By Matt | School Culture , Teaching

How Teacher Gratitude Creates Teacher Greatness

What really separates great teachers from average teachers? I don’t think it’s:test scoresoffice referralscontent knowledgepedagogyThat may sound strange at first glance, but… …I really don’t think it’s the set of strategies great teachers use day in and day out that makes them great. I really don’t think it’s their degrees or certifications. I really don’t think it’s their experience. You’ll probably agree […]

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Mar 22

How to Teach Context Clues

By Matt | Products , Reading

How can you teach context clues, so that is easy for students to master and use!

How do I teach context clues? How do my students use context clues? If you teach reading, you’ve probably wondered these questions about how to teach context clues.Simple Ways to Learn Context CluesYou know that decoding word sounds is one of the major obstacles to reading fluency. You also know that there is another major obstacle…using context […]

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Mar 09

Teacher Appreciation is not One Week of the Year

By Matt | School Culture , Teaching

Feel appreciated all year round with these 6 tips for teacher happiness!

   For one week out of the year, you’re served donuts, coffee bars, treats, foods, and special tokens of gratitude. Teacher appreciation week is really nice, but do you feel appreciated the rest of the year? Maybe you do… …but… Given the turnover in the profession, it’s likely you experience days or weeks when you don’t feel appreciated.And yes, […]

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Feb 11

How to be a Happier Teacher

By Matt | Strategies , Teaching

How do you maintain happiness, control stress, and be strong? Here are three keys to help.

 Teacher happiness can be difficult to find sometimes…teaching is among the most pressured and stressful professions. Look, what other profession provides almost no restroom breaks, works exclusively with developing humans, has a 20-minute lunch, and requires you to spend your own money for your professional tools? (Just take a look at Burned Out, Beaten Up, and Fighting […]

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