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#SummerPD: Student Growth vs. Student Grading

DATA. One little word can strike fear in the hearts of many teachers. Actually, not really. Not anymore. We’re a data-driven society. With pressure from administration to provide data on everything from math fact automaticity to reading literature comprehension, teachers are always on the lookout for ways to measure student growth and achievement. (Data Binders,… Continue reading #SummerPD: Student Growth vs. Student Grading

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Schooltastic Films Presents…

While y’all are working on getting your classrooms ready for the upcoming school year, I’m here playing around with iMovie.  Get a sneak peek at MY classroom. I hope you enjoy this trailer! -Amy    

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#Summer PD: Cross-Content Reading Strategies

Although many of the strategies that were presented during this summer PD workshop have been around awhile, I was encouraged by several that I hadn’t heard of before, or that were tweaked in a way that made them fresh. ABC Brainstorm This activity (and any variations of it) is meant to help students activate their… Continue reading #Summer PD: Cross-Content Reading Strategies

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#SummerPD

For teachers, summer is a time to recharge after ten months of hard work. For most of us, summer isn’t all relaxation and toes in the sand. Many of us look at summer as a time to hone our craft. We read professional books, revamp our curricula, and search Teachers Pay Teachers for just the… Continue reading #SummerPD

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A Bright and Cheerful Classroom – Even During State Testing!

I’m so excited about how pretty my classroom looks right now! This idea came to me last year after the construction paper that was covering my bulletin boards fell off the wall. I was so frustrated that I just tore the rest down, and took the bulletin board displays with it. Overreact much? I wondered,… Continue reading A Bright and Cheerful Classroom – Even During State Testing!

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Guide to Solving Math Word Problems FREEBIE!

Word problems can derail even your most capable math students. Many students are unsure of what steps to take to begin to solve a straightforward single-step problem. Then there are the multi-step problems and the problems that include extraneous information. But even if a student is able to get to an answer, he still may… Continue reading Guide to Solving Math Word Problems FREEBIE!

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Close Reading That Sticks

Are you integrating close reading lessons into your ELA instruction?    I began this year very enthusiastic about doing close reading lessons with my students. I attended a summer academy to learn about it, and I did a lot of research to ensure that I was implementing it correctly and effectively.  The idea of having… Continue reading Close Reading That Sticks