You Need Math Centers centers math Sep 08, 2021

 

Math centers and guided math groups are the heart and soul of my math instruction. I can’t imagine teaching without them! I often hear teachers say that they don’t have time for math centers. I honestly feel that, if you are doing centers correctly, you don’t have the...

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Everything You Need to Know About Math Centers centers math Sep 01, 2021

Are you thinking about using math centers in your classroom, but not sure where to start? Have you tried using math centers, but feel like you don’t have enough time, student behavior is discouraging, or you don’t want to prep materials? I have been there and I feel you! I am so...

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Self-Care for Teachers Jul 09, 2021

Teacher self-care is an essential part of being a successful teacher. If we don’t practice self-care, how are we supposed to teach our students to care for themselves and learn what they need to learn. Why is it so hard for teachers to take care of themselves?

It’s because we work in...

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How to Promote Number Sense in the Classroom Jun 23, 2021

What is Number Sense?

Number sense is a child’s set of skills when working with numbers. More importantly, number sense is one’s ability to see the flexibility in numbers. Children with number sense understand quantities, grasp basic concepts, and understand key operations and...

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A Framework for Theme-Based Morning Meetings Jun 16, 2021

What is a Theme-Based Morning Meeting?

My morning meetings rely on themes in literature as the thread that ties the learning sequence together. Each phase of the morning meeting framework works to develop students’ understanding of a theme while at the same time teaching social/emotional...

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Why We Should Have Morning Meetings Jun 09, 2021

Why create space for morning meetings?

Sets the Tone and Expectations for Our Classroom Community

Through read-alouds and discussions, I convey that including others is an expectation. I provide students with tools for dealing with conflict. We talk about strong emotions and how to manage them,...

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Making the Most of Reading Conferences Jun 02, 2021

Interested in learning more about making the most of reading conferences? Read further to find out the structure, what it looks like, and benefits of reading conferences.

Reading Workshop Structure

Reading Workshop time follows a specific AND consistent structure: Mini-Lesson, Independent...

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Technology Skills for Teachers May 29, 2021

In this new day and age of teaching, there are many technology skills for teachers to learn out there, but no real professional development that is affordable or time for you to take in order to get the valuable knowledge.

Lifelong Learners

There is always more information out there than there is...

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Mastering Mentor Sentences May 05, 2021

Help your students with their writing by mastering mentor sentences! Can you imagine your kids having rich discussions around language? What about if your students’ progress and writing didn’t just improve a little like inevitably well each year, but it improved leaps and bounds in...

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Unlock the Power of Math Manipulatives math Apr 21, 2021

 We are going to talk about how to unlock the power of math manipulatives and why they are for all students and there are just a few small changes that you can make to maximize your use of math manipulatives. We are going to start by looking at just a brief overview of why math manipulatives...

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10 Tips to Only Work Contract Hours Apr 14, 2021

 

As teachers, we spend so much of our nights and weekends, outside of contract hours, doing everything we can to give our students the learning experience they need and deserve.

Step #1: Shift Your Mindset

Ways to Shift Your Mindset

Think of all of the things you have accomplished, the...

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Tackle Test Anxiety with Picture Books Apr 13, 2021

I have discovered that students will feel better about standardized testing if we tackle test anxiety with picture books. In my experience, many students get extremely nervous when it comes time to take a test, especially if they are new to testing like my class of third graders. However, there...

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