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7 Engaging Activities for December

December is straight-up crazy! The excitement and energy surpass any other month in the classroom. Balancing learning and fun is key! Here are 7 engaging December activites! Festive Days Get in the holiday spirit with some festive dress-up days. My advice–don’t overcomplicate it and it becomes easier for students to

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Teaching Guided Reading in a Virtual Classroom

 I started this post back in July but I had to stop. I knew I wanted to help teachers plan for virtual reading groups. But, honestly, I still wasn’t sure exactly how it would all work. Now that I am teaching (both in person and virtually), I feel a little

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Improve Student Engagement during Writing Lessons

I’ve seen a lot of teachers ask “How do I make writing more engaging?” 📝 Writing takes a lot of work which makes it a pain point for many students. For teachers, writing instruction is a delicate balance of guidance and feedback. Here are some simple ways to improve student

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Digital Resources to use in your Classroom This Fall

 Teaching virtually in a lot of cases means starting from scratch as far as re-thinking resources that translate to the online world. I’ve rounded up a list of free and paid fall digital resources! I hope these digital resources to use in your classroom this fall can be helpful in

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10 Ways to Keep Students Engaged Online

  You’re teaching virtually. Using both  synchronous or asynchronous (are you sick of those words yet?), there are proven instructional strategies and best practices to take into consideration while planning. Keeping students engaged in an online environment has it’s challenges. Here are 10 ways to keep students engaged online: Keep

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15 Easy Reward Ideas to Use in the Classroom

 So, let’s talk about reward ideas to use in the classroom. Now, before anyone jumps on me about rewarding kids for expected behavior, I get it! I agree! But, everyone deserves praise and recognition for a job well done. Incorporating classroom rewards encourages teamwork and builds morale.  You will always

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Tips for Teaching in a Hybrid Model

So, you are going back to school full time but the students will only be there part time. How will I manage in person AND online learning simultaneously? This might feel like you are being expected to do two jobs at once (let’s face it, you are). Even though it

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First Week of Virtual Learning

A lot of us are wondering what back to school season will look like this year. Some may already know you are starting school remotely. It sounds overwhelming and a little bit scary. It’s unknown territory and with the memory of distance teaching in the spring still fresh in our

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What I’m Doing on the Last Days of Distance Teaching

Virtual Field Trips For our second to last week, we are sharing virtual field trip opportunities with our students. It is a four day week so they can choose from 1 of 7 field trip opportunities each day and complete a corresponding response sheet. My amazing teammate and teacher bestie,

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