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5 Must-Have Manipulatives to Practice Math Facts

Practicing math facts daily is necessary for mastery. But, it doesn’t always feel fun. These 5 Must-Have Manipulatives for Math Fact Practice will increase engagement when practicing math facts! Dice My first and most favorite manipulative for math fact practice is dice. Dice are often thought of as a game

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How to Have the Best Teaching Interview

Whether you are a recent college grad or looking for a new position, interviewing is nerve-wracking! Here are some tips on how to have the best teaching interview. I have interviewed a lot. Like, can’t count on all my fingers and toes a lot. And to be honest, I’m not

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How to Use One Page Phonics Intervention

With One Page Phonics Intervention, students will work on their phonological awareness, encoding, and decoding. This is a helpful tool for identifying the breakdown while practicing these foundational reading skills. Let’s chat about how to use this no-prep intervention resource. Why Use Interventions In my first year of teaching, I

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9 Essential Steps for Teaching Telling Time

Teaching how to tell time can be a welcome break from computation. But, depending on students’ background knowledge, navigating an analog clock can prove tricky for some. Here’s 9 essential steps for teaching telling time. Pre-assessment The most successful math units begin with pre-assessing. I find this especially helpful with

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9 FREE Student Engagement Strategies

Yawning, heads down, staring off into space. No, this isn’t just teachers at professional development. Our students struggle to stay engaged and attentive every single day. Sometimes it may feel like we have to do jumping jacks in a clown suit to keep their attention. And, even then, they will

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How to Decrease Chaos at the End of the School Day

The end of the day during dismissal was one of my least favorite times of the school day ever.  I don’t know about your school but our dismissal time is 20ish minutes. Those 20 minutes feel more like 3 hours sometimes (especially on a Friday).   Problem is, I’m totally worn out from the

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