My name is Steve Reifman, and I am a National Board Certified elementary school teacher, author, and speaker in Santa Monica, CA.

SteveReifman.com is a resource for elementary school teachers and parents. My mission is to teach the whole child—empowering students to succeed academically, build strong character, learn valuable work habits and social skills, and take charge of their health and wellness.


Discover over 100 posts filled with teaching tips, links to YouTube videos, and other useful ideas and strategies for teaching the whole child.

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Explore these print books, e-books, courses, and other resources that offer effective, proven ideas and strategies that improve student learning.

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Chase Manning Mystery Series

Each book in this award-winning mystery series for kids 8-12 features a single-day, real-time thriller that takes place on an elementary school campus.

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Peer Revising

This week features my first-ever video-based Teaching Tip.  Click on the link below to watch an entertaining instructional video that you can show your students to help them better understand the process of revising.  Viewers will learn what revising means, the goals of revising, how to revise, and how revising differs from editing.  

The video features two of my former students simulating a typical day in the classroom, and they are working on a Writing Workshop project.  I filmed the video with these children last summer and debuted it in the classroom this Fall.  Watching the two kids in the video work together to revise a piece of writing had a wonderful effect on my students’ ability to cooperate, listen to one another’s suggestions, use their time well, and make valuable changes to their initial drafts.  The video runs for approximately five minutes.  

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