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Questioning Strategies

I really believe that a lot of teachers struggle with implementing questioning as they move through their lessons. Today I’m going to share with you a few pointers as to certain things you can incorporate in your lesson planning and also in your formative assessment strategies. You can plug in

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Teachers Pay Teachers Sale

If you’re like most teachers, you’re on a budget. And if you’re like me and many other educators, nothing beats a Teachers Pay Teachers sale! But are you maximizing your spending? This post will cover the must-dos before each sale in order to stretch your dollars as far as possible. We

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Teacher Self-Care

Self-Care for Teachers

Self-care for teachers is an essential part of being a successful teacher. If we don’t practice self-care, how are we supposed to teach our students to care for themselves and learn what they need to learn? Why is it so hard for teachers to take care of themselves? It’s because

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Number Sense in the Classroom

Number Sense in the Classroom

Number sense is a huge part of education from Kindergarten until adulthood. We use numbers everyday and if we don’t have the foundational number sense skills, we won’t be able to have the knowledge to be successful later in life. What is Number Sense? Number sense is a child’s set

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Theme-Based Morning Meetings

Theme-Based Morning Meeting

A theme-based morning meeting can be an incredibly interactive experience for students in our classroom communities. Students are able to stay engaged in a variety of ways and learn new things when we integrate themes into our morning meetings. What is a Theme-Based Morning Meeting? My morning meetings rely on

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Morning Meetings

Why We Should Have Morning Meetings

Why create space for morning meetings? Morning meetings can be a huge part of building a classroom community and are essential for starting the school day off on the right foot. Sets the Tone and Expectations for Our Classroom Community Through read-alouds and discussions, I convey that including others is

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Reading Conferences

Making the Most of Reading Conferences

Interested in learning more about making the most of reading conferences? Read further to find out the structure, what it looks like, and benefits of reading conferences. Reading Workshop Structure Reading Workshop time follows a specific AND consistent structure: Mini-Lesson, Independent Reading, Mid-Workshop Break, Independent Reading, Close and Sharing. What

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Technology Skills for Teachers

Technology Skills for Teachers

In this new day and age of teaching, there are many technology skills for teachers to learn out there, but no real professional development that is affordable or time for you to take in order to get the valuable knowledge. Lifelong Learners There is always more information out there than

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mastering mentor sentences

Mastering Mentor Sentences

Help your students with their writing by mastering mentor sentences! Can you imagine your kids having rich discussions around language? What about if your students’ progress and writing didn’t just improve a little like inevitably well each year, but it improved leaps and bounds in the toughest two areas to

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Tackle Test Anxiety With Picture Books

5 Best Picture Books to Tackle Test Anxiety

I have discovered that students will feel better about standardized testing if we tackle test anxiety with picture books. In my experience, many students get extremely nervous when it comes time to take a test, especially if they are new to testing like my class of third graders. However, there

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Unlock the Power of Math Manipulatives

Unlock the Power of Math Manipulatives

We are going to talk about how to unlock the power of math manipulatives and why they are for all students and there are just a few small changes that you can make to maximize your use of math manipulatives. We are going to start by looking at just a

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10 tips to only work contract hours

Only Work Contract Hours

Ever wanted to only work contract hours? As teachers, we spend so much of our nights and weekends, outside of contract hours, doing everything we can to give our students the learning experience they need and deserve. Step #1: Shift Your Mindset to Only Work Contract Hours Ways to Shift

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