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Keeping Students Focused As Testing Season Looms

Keeping Students Focused As Testing Season Looms

Can we be honest with each other? I always found this part of the school year to be the toughest.  Testing season is coming quickly, with the promise of summer at its heels - but still too far away to feel like the end is near. As a teacher, you are stressing over how...

Spring Break – Using This Time To Fill Your Bucket

Spring Break – Using This Time To Fill Your Bucket

Woo hoo - it’s Spring Break! I have always felt spring break is one of the hardest breaks to get to - January and February just drag. By the time spring break comes around, I am more than ready for a week to relax and recharge before the testing season and end of the...

The Best Way To Create Constructed-Response Essays

The Best Way To Create Constructed-Response Essays

Writing essays today looks a lot different than it did when I first started teaching.  Many states have shifted away from narrative (story) writing to focus more on informational and opinion essays. In Florida, students in fourth grade are expected to write text-based...

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Why Does My Student Struggle?

Why Does My Student Struggle?

One of the most frustrating things for both teachers and families is to have a struggling student and not know how to help. In fact, sometimes we don’t even realize a student is struggling!

Developing Students’ Note-Taking Skills

Developing Students’ Note-Taking Skills

Studies show taking handwritten notes helps the brain move information into long-term memory. How do we get our students to fully understand the benefits of note-taking?

World History Bundle

World History Bundle

Understanding world history gives students a foundation for understanding today’s societies. So if we know that we should teach world history the next question is, how do we effectively teach this massive subject?

Roundup of B.E.S.T.

Roundup of B.E.S.T.

I wanted to take a minute and give an overview of each standard shift and create a hub for you to have quick access to all of my BEST posts.

Engaging Center Activities

Engaging Center Activities

I found that my students were the most independent and confident in their learning when participating in the right center activities.

Start the Year Intentionally

Start the Year Intentionally

We have to set clear expectations for our students so they know what we expect them to do. This way there is less confusion on their part and frustration on your part.

6th Grade Math BEST Standards

6th Grade Math BEST Standards

What can sixth grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for math? How do they compare to the MAFS standards?

5th Grade Math BEST Standards

5th Grade Math BEST Standards

What can fifth grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for math? How do they compare to the MAFS standards?

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  • I believe that students need to be the leaders of the classroom. Even third graders are old enough to be held accountable and to take responsibility for their learning.
  • I do not believe that kids were made to sit in seats. They need to get up and move around.
  • Differentiated instruction is a must. I use guided reading and guided math groups to meet the individual needs of my students.
  • Helping a student to discover their love for reading is a privilege that I never get tired of.
  • School should be fun! We party in my class!