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Free Games & Activities for Virtual Class Meetings

Keeping students engaged when teaching virtually can certainly be challenging. Here are some free games & activities for virtual class meetings.  I wanted to make sure I had fun, fresh resources to review skills and continue building our classroom community in engaging ways. I know not everyone can use Zoom.

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5 Tips for Teachers during Distance Learning

Before I start, I want to commend you for everything you have endured over the past few weeks. Whether you feel like you’ve handled it in stride, have not been coping well, are working hard to find a balance or feeling completely out of balance, had some productive days or

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Why Guided Math isn’t Always the Best

Guided math has become one of the new “trends” in math professional development. It’s like as soon as these buzzwords arise, leaders are quick to want to shift immediately. But, like any new educational trend, we need to really evaluate whether or not the instructional strategy is the best fit

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Balancing Being a Mom and Teacher

Congratulations! You have chosen two of the most difficult jobs that ever co-existed 🙂 It is NOT for the faint of heart (but you have probably already figured that out). And it looks nothing like this cozy mom up there chilling on the couch while her baby sleeps soundly (stock

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December Lesson Plans

It’s December! There are just three weeks until winter break and I am here to share my plans with you for the upcoming weeks.  There has definitely been a shift in my mindset about balancing December themes while being sensitive and inclusive to the different cultures inside and outside my

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How to Teach Reading Effectively using Comprehension Kits

I am so excited to share with you “A Look Inside” Comprehension kits today.  These resources have transformed my teaching of reading. It has allowed me to effectively teach reading consistentl across my whole group and small group lessons.  With the flexibility of the materials and options for differentiating, I

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How to Set Up A Successful Writing Center

Preparing a writing center always felt extremely daunting. Where will I store everything? How do I keep it stocked? Am I going to be able to teach students not to blow through all of the supplies? Will they even look at the examples, vocabulary words, writing ideas? Who will keep

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9 Tips to Manage a Talkative Class

Kids love to talk. I love to talk. Most people I know enjoy communicating. It’s in our nature. But, where do we draw the line? How much talking can we allow without disrupting the productivity of our classrooms? And what can we do when our students are just talking way

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4 Ways to Keep Your Students’ Attention

Keeping your students’ attention doesn’t need to look like standing on tables, singing and dancing (although, if you want to do that and it works for your students, by all means). I am not knocking it because sometimes I do like to sing and dance (just not on the table…in

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First Week Plans Activities and Read Alouds

I LOVE planning for the first week of school. It might be because I have an ample amount of activities and books to choose from. I have shared my first week plans in the past so some of these read alouds and activities are the same. But I have updated

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