classroom management

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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3 ways to Keep Students Engaged until Winter Break

It’s December! Busy, chilly, stressful, fun, frantic, fabulous December. Your students excitement is building while you are just trying to cross of your gift to do list (what do I get my parents?!) while still maintaining some sense of classroom normalcy. Visits with Santa, assemblies, holidays around the work, Holiday

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Getting Students to Follow Directions

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 secret recipes to getting students to follow directions the first time, every time (because,

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5 Ways to Get in Grammar

Math, reading, writing, phonics, skills groups, enrichment, social studies, science…it seems impossible to fit it all in. Grammar seems to be one of those subjects that just gets pushed to the side and often forgotten. Yet, it still deserves a place in your students’ day in some way.  Here are

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