lesson planning

5 Low Prep Substitute Teacher Activities

Prepping for a sub got you down? Check out these 5 go-to, easy, low prep activities you can use over and over again for a substitute teacher! You know, those beautiful crates wrapped in ribbon with a matching label “SUB TUB”. I envisioned it would sit somewhere near my desk

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Tech Tools to Try This Year

One of the really wonderful things to come from 2020 was the urgency it created to learn new things. I’m sure we all learned some new tricks out of necessity. Here are some tech tools I will continue to use and encourage you to try this year! I’ve always considered

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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 of Virtual Learning

A lot of us are wondering what back to school season will look like this year. Some may already know you are starting school remotely. It sounds overwhelming and a little bit scary. It’s unknown territory and with the memory of distance teaching in the spring still fresh in our

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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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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

Planning for the beginning of the year is so important for setting the tone for your classroom. My first 3 math lessons of the school 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

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