10 Tips for Teaching Fractions math Jan 11, 2022

Teaching fractions are very important, yet very poorly understood, even by many adults. If adults don’t understand them, that means our students are in worse shape.

Fractions have been given a bad rap and are expected to be confusing and hard. For me, I love fractions and honestly could do...

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The First Day Back After Winter Break Jan 04, 2022

The first day back to school after winter break is not without its challenges. Most of your students probably experienced a lot less structure to their days, sleeping in, spending a lot of time with their families and friends, and having plenty of time to rest and play.

Easing them back into the...

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When You Have Students Who Don’t Celebrate the Holidays Dec 14, 2021

What do you do when you have students who don’t celebrate the holidays? I was a little nervous to write this post because I know how sensitive this topic can be. I was afraid that I might upset people and get angry mail.

But this conversation needs to be had.

I have seen so many Facebook...

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3 Things Every Teacher Needs to do Before Winter Break Dec 07, 2021

It’s almost winter break, if you are truly going to enjoy your time off, there are a few things you really need to do before winter break! I know that you love your students, but you also love having some time off to rest and relax with your family, friends, and pets.

You deserve this...

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Christmas Read Alouds for Upper Elementary holidays reading Dec 02, 2021

One of my favorite parts of teaching has always been when I read aloud to my students. It doesn’t matter what grade they are even though many have the “too cool for school” attitude, they still love to be read to on a regular basis. I have so many read alouds that I love, but I...

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10 Ways to Create a Safe Learning Environment Oct 26, 2021

How can we create a safe learning environment for our students? How can we create spaces where our students feel understood and appreciated for who they are? I am going to be answering some of these questions, and highlight some of the ways I create a safe learning environment in my classroom. I...

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Writing in Math Oct 19, 2021

When I added math journaling to my math routine, I am not going to lie, it was PAINFUL! My students would often just write one-word answers. And the ones who wrote a paragraph made NO sense.

Reading them was my least favorite teacher task and always made me feel like my students just...

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Interactive Notebooks Oct 12, 2021

I LOVE interactive notebooks! They have been a regular part of my classroom routine and something that my students look forward to. That being said, I receive questions from other teachers nearly every day. This may be a long post, but I wanted to answer ALL of your questions in one place. So...

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Math Center Struggles centers math Oct 05, 2021

If you have been following my blog for long you probably know that I geek out over math centers in the classroom. I think math centers are THE BEST way to differentiate and meet all of your students’ needs.

Here is the thing: Even if you have the best math center routine and activities, you...

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Starting Math Centers centers math Sep 28, 2021

 

Today I want to share a simple set of lessons that you can use to teach your kids the math center routines and procedures at the beginning of the year (or whenever you start math centers)! 

The most important tip that I have for you is DON’T RUSH! Take your time teaching and...

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Math Center Schedules centers math Sep 21, 2021

 

Making Time for Math Centers

I have so many teachers telling me that they just don’t have time for math centers. I personally view math center schedules as the most important part of my math instructional block. I MAKE time for them! 

90 Minute Math Center Schedule

I know that many of you have no choice in...

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Math Center Activities centers math Sep 14, 2021

Today I want to talk all about the activities that students complete in centers and when they meet with the teacher for small group practice.

Keep Math Center Activities Simple!

I see so many teachers who make math center activities complicated and time-consuming to prepare. 

You don’t...

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