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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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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

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Have You Ever Done a Book Talk?

Book Talks are an excellent way to engage your students in reading books they otherwise would have no interest in reading.  It’s a perfect “filler” activity for transitions, and will help settle your students down from an energetic activity like recess.  The process is simple, and takes no more than five minutes of class time,… Continue reading Have You Ever Done a Book Talk?

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Duct Tape for the Win! 

 It’s official: my students have used up all their pencils. Not bad, though, making it all the way till March!  Rather than just handing out pencils, I’m assigning each student a specific pencil. This way, if I find one on the floor, I know who’s not taking responsibility for their own materials, and there… Continue reading Duct Tape for the Win! 

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Online Lesson Planning

From what I can tell from Instagram, my school year started off as crazy as everyone else’s: back to school classroom prep, getting to know you activities, beginning of the year assessments, launching Daily 5 and CAFÉ, as well as guided math, data collection and analysis… oh, and lesson planning, too. So many teachers are… Continue reading Online Lesson Planning

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Back to School Must-Haves + A Giveaway!

I admit it, I’m a list maker. I’m not sure if it’s because I inherently like making lists, or that I have such a terrible memory that I need to make lists. Either way, I get through life making lists. This post is all about my list of my favorite things for Back to School.… Continue reading Back to School Must-Haves + A Giveaway!

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Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School Sale!!

Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School Sale!!