Beginning of the Year

How to Destroy Your Classroom Community in 4 Easy Steps

Obviously, destroying your classroom community is not on any teacher’s list of to-dos. But, there are some big mistakes that can have a negative impact on your classroom, your relationship with students and their relationship with one another. One of the biggest mindset shifts we need to overcome is not

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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 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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First Three Reading Lessons of the School Year

I am really excited to wrap up my “First Three” blog series with my first three reading lessons. While I love teaching math and I definitely identify as a writer, teaching reading is also a passion. I now have my Master’s in Education in Reading and have completed the requirements

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My First 3 Math Lessons of the School Year

When I think about planning my first couple of lessons in each content year, I ask myself “What do I want to communicate about what is valued in our classroom in this subject area?“ In math, I want my students to know that: We value discussion, connections, collaboration and communicating

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Ways to Get Students to Follow Directions

 Just like other executive functioning skills, we can support our students in getting better. Getting students to follow directions is one of those teaching struggles that never seems to fade. It may get better or worse from year to year (or even day to day). But while there aren’t any

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My First 3 Writing Lessons of the School Year

I love writing. Teaching writing is a different story. But, I am slowly evolving from a wanting-to-control-everything writing teacher to a let-them-write-and-guide-them teacher. Letting them write is the key. And I struggle with keeping my mini-lessons mini. I talk way too much. It’s something I am working on. So let’s

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Simple & Efficient Open House Organization

I have officially made it through my first two days back to school. Last week was busy and exhausting! Teachers started Monday with our district-wide kick off assembly. Then we headed back to our respective schools where our school did a team-building activity which I led. I saw this post

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