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How to Make the Best Summer Plans

As much as I love the anticipation of the end of the school year, sometimes the transition to summer can be tricky. I remember the first summer after becoming a mom of two. After 3 days at home with a 2 year old and 9 month old with very little

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16+ End of the Year Activity Ideas

Happy End of the School year!   The last days of school can be the most fun, memorable days of the year. This year has been a doozy! We are finally at the planning for the end stage of the game. If anyone deserves an exciting, fun send off, it’s this year’s students.

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Why I’m Stepping Away From Teaching

So much has happened since I stepped into a classroom in 2011. A decade later, I’m stepping away. This past year has put many things into perspective. Priorities have shifted. Teaching, in the normal sense, has become almost unrecognizable. I leaned towards the changes and worked my hardest to support

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How to Use Digital Memory Games

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for ways to be sneaky with learning. If my students have no idea they are working their brains but yet they are fully engaged, I’ve reached my ultimate goal. When I was developing new activities for back to school this year,

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5 Quick & Fun Time Fillers for the Classroom

As teachers, we know that our days are full of unexpected changes, disruptions and obstacles. No matter how much planning we do, it seems inevitable that we have to pivot.  In the words of Marcia Brady “Something suddenly came up.” Your lesson went too long or too short leaving you

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How to Play Zip, Zap, Zop

During the beginning of the pandemic, navigating how to lead class meetings that were fun was my top priority. At that time, I didn’t realize how much teachers everywhere would be looking for solutions for the same thing. As online and hybrid teaching models took over the school year, being

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Keep Your Morning Meeting Motivating

Do you want to implement a morning meeting into your schedule? Are you already using morning meeting but looking for ways to polish the structure and get more benefits out of the that time? Morning meeting is like breakfast–most important part of the day. But, you need to get a

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5 Ways to Use Google forms in the Classroom

The first year year I was fortunate to have 1:1 Chromebooks in my classroom, I used them daily for Listen to Reading during guided reading and math games during guided math. We would use them to play Kahoot from time to time.  But it wasn’t until the end of the

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6 Ways to Use Interactive Math Task Cards

The shift to virtual and hybrid learning meant a new need for digital resources. Teaching math without access to manipulatives and restricted ability to see students solving problems in real time creates challenges. Using task cards in the classroom have always been one of my favorite tools in any subject

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How to Play Virtual Valentine’s Day Bingo

Valentine’s day, like every other holiday for the last year, will look very different. Our school is allowing a Valentine exchange with a few stipulations– Valentines have to be sent in by a certain date so they can quarantine before being handed out.  No homemade treats (honestly, I think this

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