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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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5 Ways to Strengthen Math Fact Fluency with Flashcards

Year after year, I had students who struggled with mastering their math facts. It made it difficult to confidently move on in teaching more complex mathematical concepts. In order to become fluent in math facts, students need daily, repetitious practice is a variety of ways. Here’s some ideas to pair

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5 Ways to Use Google forms in the Classroom

By my 4th year of teaching, I was fortunate to have 1:1 Chromebooks in my classroom. I used them daily for Listen to Reading during guided reading and math games during guided math. We would use them to play Kahoot from time to time or Prodigy Math which my students

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6 Ways to Use Interactive Math Task Cards

The shift to virtual and hybrid learning meant a new need for digital resources. Teaching math without access to manipulatives and restricted ability to see students solving problems in real time creates challenges. Using task cards in the classroom have always been one of my favorite tools in any subject

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10 Ways to Use a Virtual Library

The changes to the way we deliver instruction this year required a lot of new technologies and tools for keeping students engaged. My two passions are having fun while learning and reading every day. I always made it a goal to read at least 1 quality picture book and 1

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5 Ideas for Ringing in the New Year

Although we might not *quite* be ready for that first school day of the new year, it will be here before we know it. So while inside I am sorta, kind of dreading it #sorrynotsorry, outside I am napping prepping.  Here’s how I plan to ring in the new year in my

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Games, Apps & Ideas for Math Fact Fluency

Practicing math facts can be dull and boring OR fun and engaging. I know my 2nd grade team is ALWAYS in search of new ways of practicing and assessing math facts. It is crucial that our students master these foundational skills in order to be successful mathematicians. Here are a

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