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How to Make the Best Summer Plans

As much as I love the anticipation of the end of the school year, sometimes the transition to summer can be tricky. I remember the first summer after becoming a mom of two. After 3 days at home with a 2 year old and 9 month old with very little

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Why I’m Stepping Away From Teaching

So much has happened since I stepped into a classroom in 2011. A decade later, I’m stepping away. This past year has put many things into perspective. Priorities have shifted. Teaching, in the normal sense, has become almost unrecognizable. I leaned towards the changes and worked my hardest to support

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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

During the beginning of the pandemic, navigating 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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5 Ways to Use Google forms in the Classroom

The first year year 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.  But it wasn’t until the end of the

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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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Digital Resources to use in your Classroom This Fall

 Teaching virtually in a lot of cases means starting from scratch as far as re-thinking resources that translate to the online world. I’ve rounded up a list of free and paid fall digital resources! I hope these can be helpful in your planning for engaging, virtual learning. One of my

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10 Ways to Keep Students Engaged Online

                                            You’re teaching virtually. Using both  synchronous or asynchronous (are you sick of those words yet?), there are proven instructional strategies and best practices to take into consideration while

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