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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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How to Use Digital Memory Games

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for ways to be sneaky with learning. If my students have no idea they are working their brains but yet they are fully engaged, I’ve reached my ultimate goal. When I was developing new activities for back to school this year,

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5 Quick & Fun Time Fillers for the Classroom

As teachers, we know that our days are full of unexpected changes, disruptions and obstacles. No matter how much planning we do, it seems inevitable that we have to pivot.  In the words of Marcia Brady “Something suddenly came up.” Your lesson went too long or too short leaving you

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How to Play Zip, Zap, Zop

When we first starting Zooming, figuring out how to lead class meetings that were fun was my top priority. At that time, I didn’t realize how much teachers everywhere would be looking for solutions for the same thing. As online and hybrid teaching models took over the school year, being

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Keep Your Morning Meeting Motivating

Do you want to implement a morning meeting into your schedule? Are you already using morning meeting but looking for ways to polish the structure and get more benefits out of the that time? Morning meeting is like breakfast–most important part of the day. But, you need to get a

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How to Play Virtual Valentine’s Day Bingo

Valentine’s day, like every other holiday for the last year, will look very different. Our school is allowing a Valentine exchange with a few stipulations– Valentines have to be sent in by a certain date so they can sit before being handed out. No homemade treats (honestly, I think this

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Free Games & Activities for Virtual Class Meetings

Transitioning to online teaching has been a challenge to say the least. And while I’m not teaching content “live”, I am meeting with my students weekly via Zoom. I wanted to make sure I had fun, fresh resources to review skills and continue building our classroom community in engaging ways.

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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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5 Things to do During the Last Weeks of Second Grade

This post contains affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase through one of the links, I may receive a small compensation at no additional cost to you. This helps me continue to provide teaching ideas and resources! It’s May!! The beginning of the end of a school year

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