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Teachers – Say Goodbye to Stress and Hello Summer!

The end of the school year is upon us and if you are anything like me at the end of the year that means TIRED and a little STRESSED OUT by all the things there are to do in order to wind up the year. And this year - well I don't know if I need to say anything more!  What a year it has ... READ the POST

3 Tips to Survive the Holidays in the Classroom

I remember my first year teaching like it was yesterday.  It was about mid fall when I felt like we hit our stride in my humble little 3rd grade classroom.  It was good - really good!  Then . . .the holidays came! Could I survive the holidays in the classroom? I remember my ... READ the POST

My New Favorite Assessment Tool!

I'm just going to be honest - one of the biggest things I dislike about my job is the assessment and data tracking.  To be quite honest, I knew that I didn't do a very good of data tracking.  There are only so many hours in a day and when push comes to shove, I would rather spend my time ... READ the POST

How to Teach Sight Words in a Way Your Students will Love!

Her hand was raised as high as it could go with just a little wave back and forth.  Her excited smile lit up her face and her eyes said “I’ve got this!” And then . . .she proudly read our new sight word with a booming kindergarten voice “A$$!”  My eyes widened and my cheeks flushed as I tried ... READ the POST

Cross-Curricular Read Alouds

As a teacher, I have developed some theories and observations about learning. Probably one of the things that lays my educational foundation is my belief that children – no make that people of all ages – learn best when the opportunities arise naturally in the course of everyday life. This idea led ... READ the POST

5 Fun Ideas for Mastering Multiplication

So I'll be there first to admit that on some math concepts I am the one saying "When will I ever use this again?!?"  But that is not the case with multiplication.  Multiplication is one of those skills that I use all the time in the real world.  After all, isn't that what education is ... READ the POST


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