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Back to School: How to Gather Important Student Information

Whether you’re heading back to brick-and-mortar in-person teaching or you’re teaching virtually this back to school season, you will need to gather your students’ important contact and student identity information from parents and guardians. For in-person teaching, these Student Information Cards are an absolute life saver for me. I keep them on a ring in… Continue reading Back to School: How to Gather Important Student Information

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Digital Getting To Know You Activity

Every year I use this Getting to Know You activity with my new students. It helps me to learn a little about them, and just as importantly, they have an opportunity to learn a bit about each other. Not only do they see what their classmates’ interests are, but this activity sparks conversations that wouldn’t… Continue reading Digital Getting To Know You Activity

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I’ve partnered with PackIt to show you how much their lunch bag has helped me to stay on track with my healthy eating. I’ve been a procrastinator my whole life. I’ve read that it basically means I value my present self over my future self. Laundry piles up while I read another chapter. New Year’s… Continue reading BECAUSE I’M WORTH IT

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Virtual Meeting Expectations

Because my idea of “embracing the chaos” does not extend to whole class Zoom meetings 🤪 I keep seeing these pop up on Instagram and decided to create my own Zoom Meeting Expectations. I shared this with my students’ parents to ask them to discuss these with their child before tomorrow’s class meeting. I’m hoping… Continue reading Virtual Meeting Expectations

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What I’ve Learned After a Week of Mandatory Online Learning

Everyone’s out here giving advice on how to make online learning a successful experience, from veteran homeschooling parents to newbie teachers. Hindsight is 20/20, and after some reflection, I’d rather share Things I’ve Learned After a Week of Mandatory Online Learning, aka Mistakes Help You Grow I’ve mentioned numerous times that I work on a… Continue reading What I’ve Learned After a Week of Mandatory Online Learning

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The Simplest Sub Notes Ever

#teacherstruggles: Writing sub notes! I’m so over taking the time to type out new plans for each day I’m absent only to return to find that my sub didn’t really understand what I wanted AND IT’S NOT THEIR FAULT. What we do, the relationships we build, the unique needs of our students can’t always be… Continue reading The Simplest Sub Notes Ever

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Math Facts Punch Cards

My students practice their math facts using XtraMath. They’re seeing their progress and are understandably proud! I decided to create tags to let them be reminded of how hard they’re working, and to encourage them to keep trying! They’re a great visual display of how far they’ve come since September! We just refer to the… Continue reading Math Facts Punch Cards

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Reading at Home

Parent conferences are coming… The transition for our kids from second to third grade is challenging. The expectations increase as they move from learning how to read to reading to learn. We no longer test them on stories we’ve read together, but rather they must use the skills we’ve worked on all week and apply… Continue reading Reading at Home

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Flexible Seating Options Don’t Benefit All Students

Flexible seating options are not beneficial for every student. Yes, I went there. The term “flexible seating” has morphed into the idea that teachers must have fun and elaborate equipment like couches, cafe tables and stools. And many terrific teachers have struggled over the fact that those items are expensive, and so they’re convinced they… Continue reading Flexible Seating Options Don’t Benefit All Students

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Happy Tuesday: Calling All Parents

In scheduling my share of IEP meetings over the years, I have had to connect with parents. Although I highly prefer email as a way of communicating with parents (special ed is all about documentation, after all), sometimes that’s just not possible if families don’t have Internet access at home. So an old-fashioned phone call… Continue reading Happy Tuesday: Calling All Parents