Back to School on a Budget

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Hi teachers! We all know that every year we want to change up our classroom, try something new, and make it a fresh start! That can get a bit pricey year after year. I was at Target the other day and I found some amazing products in the Target Dollar Spot (or now called Bullseye’s Playground), […]

How To Prevent The Summer Slide

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We all know about that infamous ‘summer slide’ our students get while they are on summer vacation. They come back to school in the fall and it feels like they forgot everything they learned the year before. Hence the term ‘summer slide’. It can be frustrating as a teacher because we feel like we are going […]

Partner sharing: how to get your students talking

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One of my favorite engagement strategies is partner sharing. Another term is think-pair-share. Partner sharing is so important because it’s a way for students to think independently and then collaborate their thoughts with a partner. It automatically gets all students engaged with learning and holds everyone accountable. These are some of the strategies I use in […]

I have THAT KID in my class

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In response to Mrs. Knights Marbles, about “that kid”, I wanted to share my story. Yes, I said it. I definitely have “that kid” in my classroom. We have all had “that kid”, and its been probably one of the most challenging years of our careers, but we always manage to pick up the pieces […]

Beginning of the year activities and assessments WITH a FREEBIE!

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It’s that time of year again! The first few weeks of school can be hectic, so I have created some fun and engaging math and literacy centers to use in your classroom. Along with the centers, I have also created some assessments and quick and easy printable worksheets that will make your life easier! Click […]

Hands-on Literacy and Math centers for the beginning of the year

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This week our class is getting to know their ABC’s with exposure to this fun and interactive literacy center. It also helps build fine motor skills with the use of the clothes pins. I used a sentence strip (had to tape two together) and color coded them to match the letters on the clothespins. It’s […]

Management with Markers

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I thought I would share some ideas I use in my classroom when it comes to management. My school requires us to do small groups for reading, math and writing. Well, my classroom is always full of talkers! In order to keep them on task and under control, I started giving out tally marks to the […]